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Analysis and comments on For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 23rd, 2017 at 12:08 PM.
for the year of the insane

The poet is talking about her mental illness in this poem. She is asking
for help from mother mary. She says she is an unbeliever and so she finds
the beads cold and hard. She asks Mary to let her die, as she says "oh mary
permit me this grace, this crossing over." She is also speaks of her many
attempts at suicide in the verse "In the mind is a thin alley called death,
and i move through it as through water." She also speaks about her
addiction to drinking, and says the glass tilts on its own, against her
will. She realizes that she is mentally ill, and ends by saying "I am in my
own mind, locked in the wrong house."
This is a typically confessional poem. It deals with the personal trauma of
the poet. The poem speaks of various taboo subjects like suicide, alcohol
addiction, madness, etc., which is another element seem mainly in
confessional poetry.

Kate from India
Comment 2 of 3, added on January 18th, 2013 at 6:12 AM.

That isginht would have saved us a lot of effort early on.

Azia from Saint Vincent and the Grenadin
Comment 1 of 3, added on September 19th, 2005 at 1:30 PM.

i thought your poem was interesting and i liked the poetic devices used,
however i am not sure i grasped the full context or idea. Could you
please fill me in?

Jred from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: For The Year Of The Insane
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jun 12 2012

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