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Analysis and comments on The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton

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Comment 8 of 318, added on April 20th, 2006 at 8:31 AM.

Your poems have greatly inspired me. I am no longer ashamed of my
masturbation habits. Sometimes I masturbate to your picture. Yes, Yes, Yes.

A.J. Tiefenthaler from United States
Comment 7 of 318, added on March 13th, 2006 at 4:57 PM.

this poem is great. i absolutely loved it. i dont think anyone else can
write about masturbation like anne has done in this poem.

Jessica from United States
Comment 6 of 318, added on February 18th, 2006 at 11:31 AM.

First off, a big "up yours" to Andrew for furthering the cause of people
who already think America is nothing but NASCAR-watching hicks who have no
value culturally. Awesome. Thanks.

As for the poem, I found it to be haunting, touching (pun intended), and
not altogether about what I thought it would be about. Beautiful,
beautiful work.

Sam from United States
Comment 5 of 318, added on February 10th, 2006 at 4:45 PM.

Not only for freedom of speech, but just for the value of it, this actually
is a good poem! I never thought someone would have or could have written a
good piece of poetry about, well, masturbation. As for Andrew's "mentally
ill" remark to Anne Sexton: I read her bio a little, too. There is a
difference between being mentally ill and being depressed because of the
void of life. Anne Sexton was depressed to the extent that she once wrote
"I cannot live this life .. Oh hell!" I perfectly understand her, we all
should, since all of us just experiencing the same meaningless lullaby
everday. "Such a woman is not ashamed to die / I have been her kind."

jumpyCat from United States
Comment 4 of 318, added on December 22nd, 2005 at 9:47 PM.

I Love this poem. I think most people can relate to it and if not Anne
makes you feel like you can. I especially like the part about the other
woman and how she couldn't compare. It's not purely about masturbation,
although that's a large part of it. But she manages to incorporate
different issues into the topic, like how her man left her for another
woman. I Love that about her.

And Andrew...shut up.

Michelle from United States
Comment 3 of 318, added on December 12th, 2005 at 7:09 PM.

she wrote so well. who else could write a moving, delicate poem about


g from United Kingdom
Comment 2 of 318, added on November 30th, 2005 at 1:38 PM.

and i think comments like that are a punch in the face of freedom of speech
and the "mentally ill". what really degrades "this society" are
narrowminded people who try to impose their limited worldview on others and
can't understand that there are different opinions and lifestyles than
their own.
all works of art speak for themselves, and are of course disputable since
there are lots of different opinions and perceptions out there. but i say:
respect the artist.

anna from Germany
Comment 1 of 318, added on November 26th, 2005 at 2:52 PM.

I think that poems like this degrade our society. From what I read of
Sexton's biography on this website, she was seriously mentally ill and
eventually committed a suicide. No wonder she wrote such a strange poem!

Andrew from United States

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 25 2004

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