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Analysis and comments on Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton

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Comment 9 of 69, added on July 17th, 2011 at 10:43 PM.
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Super jazezd about getting that know-how.

Eve from Bangladesh
Comment 8 of 69, added on November 2nd, 2008 at 11:37 PM.

I loved this poem, and it also reminded me of A Beautiful Mind. I am
currently writing an essay on Sexton's works, and I am so glad I chose this
poem. The rawness and unabashed references to life's natural processes in
all of her works definitely gave me a shock and opened my eyes to Sexton's
life, as well as life in general. This poem especially spoke to me, it
seems to say that even through hard times, such as hospitalizations and
even shock therapy, there is always something clear and certain, in this
case music. The juxtaposition of knowing where she was then versus not
knowing where she is now also stood out to me. I admire Sexton for her
skill as a poet and a writer in general.

Nicole from United States
Comment 7 of 69, added on April 24th, 2005 at 1:52 PM.

Anne Sexton's poetry is unbelievably intriging. You feel as if you are
sucked into the poetry and experience the situation as it is happening.
She speaks so boldly about things everyone wants to talk about but is
either embarressed or ashamed they feel that way. While many people do not
want to admit they have or do feel the way she did you really do. We all
have experienced that lost feeling this poem describes. I love her poetry
and am glad I decided to research it for a paper.

Alex from United States
Comment 6 of 69, added on December 5th, 2004 at 5:09 PM.

this poem reminded me so much of A Beautiful Mind, I thougt it was a
wonderful poem and it really sent a horrible imigine to my mind. I think
everyone should take the time to read this poem, because it could hit home
for anyone who has had a mental illness or knows some one who has.

cory
Comment 5 of 69, added on November 7th, 2004 at 2:23 PM.

Actually this poem is about one of her experiences in a mental institution,
and yes, the chair she speaks of being locked in is probably referring to
shock therapy.

Allie
Comment 4 of 69, added on October 13th, 2004 at 4:43 PM.

Surely this poem is about electro-shock therapy.

jill hoover from United States
Comment 3 of 69, added on September 22nd, 2004 at 10:01 AM.

Very sad, but I have felt the same way at times. If we're not in a happy
place or we feel lost we find a happy secure place inside ourselves and
music helps us do that. I think thats what she was saying to us.

Allison Jones from United States
Comment 2 of 69, added on September 20th, 2004 at 5:35 PM.

i've read a lot of poetry in my life (i am 23 years old) but anne's "music"
gave me the hardest kick i ever got. you stand there, read the lines for
the first time and it is just like "oh god, i know what you're talking
about!" sounds weird but in my heart i already knew it. i fell in love with
her poetry because she reminded me of my favourite singer tori amos. they
are honest and talk about everything - and the most of it isn't very
beautiful. but if want truth you will find it in anne's poems. in my
opinion she isn't jumping from topic to topic, she just describes what she
sees and feels - on the one hand she's "in the right house" but on the
other hand she asks "which way is home?" where do we belong? i also love
the "music swims back"-part because it's something safe in the whole
emotional chaos. you can imagine how she's smiling while she walks through
her memories. oh, i could write thousand words about the beauty of this
poem. jeff, my advice to you: read "ringing the bells" (also a "bedlam"
poem), it has the same topic. okay, i must leave now. anne sexon rules! :-)
bye, talula (sorry for my bad english)

talula from Germany
Comment 1 of 69, added on September 18th, 2004 at 11:55 PM.

I just found it confusing. maybe i just dont think the same way or analize
the same way as you but it just seemed too jumpy from topi to topic.
overall i give it a 7 out of 10. oh ya, i get to be first. the first time
i am first in anything.

Jeff C. from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Music Swims Back To Me
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Dec 31 2004


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