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

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Comment 13 of 343, added on November 1st, 2007 at 12:12 PM.

you people are riddiculus, poetry is meant to express our inner feelings
and thats what sexton has done in all of her work. she is very talented and
just because she was depressed doesnt make her a crazy bitch it makes her a

tears from United States
Comment 12 of 343, added on October 4th, 2007 at 10:42 PM.

I agree with Andrew. And by the way, Anne Sexton had incestuous contact
with her daughter and ended up killing herself. So he was right, she was a
crazy bitch. I think that you people are the narrow-minded, ignorant ones.

Madeline from United States
Comment 11 of 343, added on May 31st, 2007 at 12:24 AM.

The only reason Andrew said that was because he himself wants to be a
lonely masturbator but has yet to hit the ejaculation period of his
puberty. He is still in the pre-coming stages...haha get it...

Daniel Shiskabob from Azerbaijan
Comment 10 of 343, added on March 15th, 2007 at 5:39 PM.

ignorant, close-minded, still-born, I feel bad for Andrew's children:
hopefully they can break away from his narrow worldview.

Comment 9 of 343, added on February 15th, 2007 at 9:40 PM.

dude was that a guy or a girl??
because if it was a girl... that would be pretty hot.

Marcus from United States
Comment 8 of 343, 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 343, 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 343, 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 343, 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 343, 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

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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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