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Comment 29 of 89, added on April 29th, 2006 at 7:36 PM.
I love all her poetry, it's honest and deep filled with a distinct
understanding of her own pain and suffering. I suggest those that read and
judge without knowledge read more of her work and read her Biography.
Suicide is not always the answer, but sometimes the only way for a truly
tortured soul to finally rest and ease the life-long never ending pain. A
great poem, a great writer, and a sister of tortured souls...
~Barb~ from United States
Comment 28 of 89, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 6:25 PM.
i am ill from pain
ill die from shame
deppresion is lame and it carnt be named
for who i am and what i will be suicidle is becoming of me
help is needed help is wanted no one can here my crys of help
living on a edge thats about to fall
no ones hereing my crys i call
no one for me
thats the way it will be
natasha from United Kingdom
Comment 27 of 89, added on March 27th, 2006 at 8:59 PM.
Like what was said previously not all poets must be ill to write the way
they do. Ok its true that many of them do have expiences that have been
hard and depressing that most likely influence their work. But whose to say
that a person that is mostly happy can't write a depressing poem. People
don't just have one emotion, everyone goes through different phases.
Ana from United States
Comment 26 of 89, added on November 10th, 2005 at 12:45 AM.
"you don't have to be ill to be a poet."
No, you surely don't. You just have to be human. Pain, happiness,
depression - all human things that we experience. Some, worse than others.
What makes a poet is life, langauge, and being human. Not illnesses. It's
the god-given ability to convey thoughts and ideas through metaphores and
similies etc. Anne Sexton was truly great. She wasn't psychologically ill.
I think we're all psyhcologically ill in the eyes of a psychiatrist. Anne
Sexton was just painfully human.
Comment 25 of 89, added on October 19th, 2005 at 7:12 AM.
One measure is the number of comments garnered. Is it really her "suicide
note" -- what if we didn't know anything about her life. Perhaps she
couldn't help but write it. It is eloquent, and darkly beautiful. Languid.
Even sensual. Profound. Very sad. She could not live. She is not
giving excuses. She bravely and dangerously wrests her inner turmoil and
illness out into the open -- not to impress or for praise or any of that
(-- thus the epigram by Artaud -- she did it because she had to -- ) such
private intimate visceral things so personal she couldn't know them herself
until she put them out for the public to ooo, ahh, gawk and spit upon.
Yes, what a sad life. What a loss. What if she had kept it all inside?
Even a greater loss.
Robert from United States
Comment 24 of 89, added on October 17th, 2005 at 7:28 PM.
right. sure. whatever. you don't have to be ill to be a poet. i know plenty
of miserable assholes out there and they're not writing poetry. there is no
valid point in what todd has said that hasn't been said before. he's just
waxing it. as for youif you want to blow him then blow him, just don't
think your two cents added on to his-has any value.
Comment 23 of 89, added on October 3rd, 2005 at 3:05 AM.
Actually Todd said something very important in my opinion. I don't know a
single poet who is not tortured. I think the illness creates the Poet.
Comment 22 of 89, added on September 21st, 2005 at 8:05 PM.
todd is stupid. you don't know what you're talking about. you just like to
put things into neat little packages with broad labels. say something
original or don't say anything at all.
from United States
Comment 21 of 89, added on June 21st, 2005 at 9:55 PM.
So do we have the Poet because of the illness, or the illness because of
the Poet. You can't show me a Poet that is not troubled or tormented or
demonized. Even the Poets that write of trees, bees and dandelions must
face the everyday hell we call society. Tortured from the inside, tortured
from the outside- take your pick.
Todd from United States
Comment 20 of 89, added on May 26th, 2005 at 4:01 PM.
I think that in the last stanza, Anne is trying to make the reader
understand that she does not picture the afterlife to be a beautiful place
that she can escape to, she does not expect people to feel remorse for her
when she is gone. That's not the point of her "suicide". I don't think she
really states a point to her suicide, rather she states all the reasons
that she ISN'T doing it.
from United States
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