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Comment 5 of 11, added on July 6th, 2010 at 2:32 PM.

Sylvia Plath once said about Anne Sexton's poems:
'...her poems are wonderfully craftsmanlike poems and yet they have a kind
of emotional and psychological depth which I think is something perhaps
quite new, quite exciting.'

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Comment 4 of 11, added on November 20th, 2009 at 1:39 PM.
anne sexton

so i have no idea what this poem is about and i have to write a paper on
it. She sucks.

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Comment 3 of 11, added on April 11th, 2006 at 1:47 PM.

This poem is amazing, the emotions just jump right out at you and suck you
in. You can feel the desperation and the jealosy that Sylvia got out. It's
completely beautiful and unbelievable, Anne's style just captivates me in
the wonder and the beauty.

Gemma from United States
Comment 2 of 11, added on February 8th, 2006 at 11:11 PM.

This is by far my favorite of Sexton's poems.

The imagery of death as "our boy" is haunting, riveting, and compelling.
It's immediacy and intimacy grab you by the throat and pull you down into
her despair, grief, envy and complete utter lack of suprise.

"What is your death
but an old belonging,

a mole that fell out
of one of your poems?"

Yet for me, the true coup de grace is the unwavering love for Sylvia Plath
that Sexton displays:

"O tiny mother,
you too!
O funny duchess!
O blonde thing!"

Both Love and grief and finality all collide into one cataclysmic and
powerful work of art.


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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Sylvia's Death
Year: 1963
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 26481 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 17 2008

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