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Analysis and comments on To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph by Anne Sexton

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Comment 14 of 87, added on February 11th, 2012 at 11:05 PM.

Leaving a Little Piece of Me BehindWalled-in by grief with noaapprent way
to escapenot above, around nor beneath,missing my father, missing mychance
to say goodbye, missingtender moments before he died,no whispers I love you
in his ear.Too many years of regrets,too many years fighting tears,folding
guilt upon guilt whilstwishing things were different,wishing for more time.
If wisheswere dogfish, God help me, I’dbe barking. But that was then.Five
months ago whenI stumbled up this streetnervous, shy at first, take a
chance,take a breath and trust yourselfperchance release what couldbe
buried deep. I wrote, I learnt,and I understood a little more.Memories
prodded with a penwords that set me exploringdarkened and unexpected
paths.My burdens lightened as I steptoward a brighter future. I’vemoved
on, understanding thatmy father has too. He’d approve.

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Comment 13 of 87, added on January 4th, 2012 at 10:56 PM.

Smart thinking - a celver way of looking at it.

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Comment 12 of 87, added on August 7th, 2011 at 10:24 AM.

I thought that the poem was written in a friendly way towards Icarus as an

Comment 11 of 87, added on July 1st, 2010 at 8:38 AM.
To a Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph

Seems to me that the poem is a warning to a friend, that a moment of
triumph may ulimately end in success or failure, so take care! More
importantly, Sexton obviously must have known the poem by William Butler
Yeats - "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come To Nothing" and so it is more
likely that Yeats' poem may have been addressed to a real person and
Sexton's may not.

Geoff Loveman from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 87, added on January 7th, 2010 at 11:46 PM.

But isn't the poem also about how no one cares about him? See, "Who cares
that he fell back to the sea?" Sounds slightly verbally ironic if you ask
me. That might not be the theme, but it's true, right? Or why not, if you
don't think so?

Katie from United States
Comment 9 of 87, added on October 6th, 2008 at 8:12 PM.

For those of you who don't know, Sexton is placing more emphasis on Icarus'
flight than his descent because the message of the poem is that triumph is
more remarkable than failure. She wrote this poem after her mentor, W.D.
Snodgrass, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Comment 8 of 87, added on March 31st, 2007 at 8:16 AM.

i think that anne sexton wrote this poem for a friend of hers. she
mentions, 'consider icarus'. i suppose she is telling her friend to take
icarus as an example, as he might have FAILED, but in a way, he still
achieved something.


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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph
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Poem of the Day: Oct 30 2006

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