Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
October 20th, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 317,141 comments.
Anne Sexton - Sylvia's Death

for Sylvia Plath
O Sylvia, Sylvia, 
with a dead box of stones and spoons, 
with two children, two meteors 
wandering loose in a tiny playroom, 
with your mouth into the sheet, 
into the roofbeam, into the dumb prayer, 
(Sylvia, Sylvia 
where did you go 
after you wrote me 
from Devonshire 
about rasing potatoes 
and keeping bees?) 
what did you stand by, 
just how did you lie down into? 
Thief -- 
how did you crawl into, 
crawl down alone 
into the death I wanted so badly and for so long, 
the death we said we both outgrew, 
the one we wore on our skinny breasts, 
the one we talked of so often each time 
we downed three extra dry martinis in Boston, 
the death that talked of analysts and cures, 
the death that talked like brides with plots, 
the death we drank to, 
the motives and the quiet deed? 
(In Boston 
the dying 
ride in cabs, 
yes death again, 
that ride home 
with our boy.) 
O Sylvia, I remember the sleepy drummer 
who beat on our eyes with an old story, 
how we wanted to let him come 
like a sadist or a New York fairy 
to do his job, 
a necessity, a window in a wall or a crib, 
and since that time he waited 
under our heart, our cupboard, 
and I see now that we store him up 
year after year, old suicides 
and I know at the news of your death 
a terrible taste for it, like salt, 
(And me, 
me too. 
And now, Sylvia, 
you again 
with death again, 
that ride home 
with our boy.) 
And I say only 
with my arms stretched out into that stone place, 
what is your death 
but an old belonging, 
a mole that fell out 
of one of your poems? 
(O friend, 
while the moon's bad, 
and the king's gone, 
and the queen's at her wit's end 
the bar fly ought to sing!) 
O tiny mother, 
you too! 
O funny duchess! 
O blonde thing!

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 27507 times | Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton Comments (24)

Sylvia's Death - Comments and Information

Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Sylvia's Death
Year: Published/Written in 1963
Poem of the Day: Jan 17 2008

Comment 24 of 24, added on August 3rd, 2016 at 8:51 PM.

ZElBek You can certainly see your enthusiasm in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren at afraid to mention how they believe. All the time follow your heart.

greal lana from Martinique
Comment 23 of 24, added on July 5th, 2016 at 5:46 PM.

vUCBVP The Silent Shard This could in all probability be quite practical for many within your work I plan to will not only with my website but

funny videos from United States
Comment 22 of 24, added on May 15th, 2016 at 3:51 PM.

XsZHcn Im obliged for the article post.Really looking forward to read more. Much obliged.

big dildos from Grenada

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Sylvia's Death, has received 24 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Sexton Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links