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Analysis and comments on Suicide Note by Anne Sexton

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Comment 20 of 90, 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.

Matt from United States
Comment 19 of 90, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 7:32 AM.

well, she did commit suicide...she actually sipped vodka in her red
convertible with the garage closed until it filled up with carbon monoxide
and she died of asphixiation...im doing a research paper on her for my LA
class and although she was very privaleged, her father and mother sexually
abused her...her closest familial relationship was to her aunt who was also
chronically depressed and died of suicide as well. she had a terrible
life...she also was chronically depressed, and suffered from anxiety
disorder. She actually ONLY began writing because her therapist told her
to...she was also a model...she is now known as one of the greatest
confessional poets of her time...but those of you who believe that suicide
is NOT the answer...i totally agree. There are support groups for that. =]

interested reader from United States
Comment 18 of 90, added on May 12th, 2005 at 6:45 PM.

I've just read all your comments, and I've been thinking this entire
time...who are we to judge another person over their oppinion of a poem no
one can ever be RIGHT on? hmm... well, personally, I think suicide is not
the best choice, and may seem completely irrationalto some while seeming
the only way out for others. I have come close to hurting myself, but
thoughts of others have always held me back. I think it depends the person
and how they are feeling at the moment. The problem with suicide is it's a
mistake one cannot regret later. Well, I'm using mistake in replacement
for a better word that i cannot think of. But most things in this world
one can regret after they have done them. Suicide is one of the few, or
possibly the only, that leaves no room for remorse or second chances.

I think Anne Sexton in this poem is accepting the consequences of suicide,
or maybe she is trying to put them in words. The phrase "Of course guitars
will not play!" caught my attention because she seems almost exasperated
with the reader, almost as if it is the READER that just simply cannot
understand how she feels and what she means. It is a poem that can be
interpretted many ways, and though there may be some religious allusions,
Sexton simply does not seem to care she about religion or that she would go
to hell. These are just my thoughts--everyone else is open to their own
interpretations, of suicide AND of the poem. I hope my thoughts maybe gave
deeper meaning to the poem, and gave all other readers some more food for

WOW I wrote an epic....awesome! sorry....I didn't mean to write an english
paper.... haha! Well... I hope everyone else enjoys this and all the other
poems as much as I do!

caroline from United States
Comment 17 of 90, added on May 4th, 2005 at 4:29 PM.

Amanda, you are stupid...you poopy head.

Kelsey/Tom/Arlo from United States
Comment 16 of 90, added on April 30th, 2005 at 4:02 PM.

wow she seems pretty trobled like she had a deep deep secret i think her
poems are beautiful i write poems to but never as good as hers

Laura from Ireland
Comment 15 of 90, added on April 21st, 2005 at 10:13 PM.

(In regards to earlier comments) I think that the poems we read will be
interpreted through our own brain filters and so we will never really know
what Anne means or is trying to convey through her works. However, this
forum is about sharing our input and our philosophies on what's going on in
the poem. Since it is also trying to give different perspectives so that we
might be able to see other sides of situation, we are all entitled to our
own opinions and thoughts. Just because someone makes a comment that
doesn't suit your personal beleifs, doesn't give you the right to yell and
curse and ridicule and judge them. Please keep this in mind while posting.

Anyways, I felt as if Anne was trying to convey that she has tried to
supress her sucidal thoughts but that she feels she cant hold on anymore
and all she wants is that beautiful escape from life.

Anna from United States
Comment 14 of 90, added on April 13th, 2005 at 10:32 AM.

this beautiful poetry is written inside of a mind of a great writter that
did commit suicide. This shows an inside look of an actual suicide victim,
maybe this might show an understanding to people who do it than a just
anoter statistic, and maybe this might help people not commit suicide who
are on the verge too. Maybe Anne's purpose for writting this poem was to
help others or maybe she had no comprehension of helping others

Ernest Pena from United States
Comment 13 of 90, added on March 17th, 2005 at 11:34 AM.

OMG! ann shenae,this is not the room for religious discussion....perhaps
you feel you must judge the mentally ill with religious bias because you
are questioning your own faith....i think you're looking for a more
conservative,organized,intellectual-lacking place of a flock of sheep like

natalie from United States
Comment 12 of 90, added on March 14th, 2005 at 1:28 AM.

I disagree with Leilani, How can you think suicide is ok in this case?
Suicide is such a selfish way out. It's selfish because your thinking just
about yourself and not the people who have to deal with the pain when your
gone. I myself was suicidal, I had A void in my heart that I could not
feel. It was untill I asked Jesus Christ into my heart that he is the one
who filled that void in my heart and restored my life. And no, I'm not
talking about dead religion I'm talking about having a relationship with
the living God. And If that made some of you mad, Well good, because
suicide is murder! Yes, murder against your ownself. And the Bible says no
murder will inherit the Kingdom of God. IF you murderd someone else yes
their is forgiveness as long as your alive. But if you commit suicide, you
kill yourself and theirs no time for repenting. So think TWICE befor you
think the unthinkable. Theirs Hope in JESUS CHRIST!!!!!1

Ann Shenae
Comment 11 of 90, added on March 8th, 2005 at 9:03 AM.

I understand this poem. Anne was giving a message about death and suicide.
I've had some problems with that myself, I've tried alot of things so for
ppl who dont think she's a good poet ur fucked up cuz u just don get

jennifer from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Suicide Note
Added: Feb 20 2003
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