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Comment 11 of 71, added on February 5th, 2009 at 7:55 AM.
ok at the end of the poem it says
for he loves blue lady and the spots
of red roses he gives her
how is that??? i am very confused
this is a good poem but slightly disturbing.
leon from United States
Comment 10 of 71, added on January 21st, 2009 at 5:05 PM.
Okay, she isn't neccessarily abusing her son. I am saying this because I do
something similair with my own. When he misbehaves, I set aside time to
find an activity we both enjoy, such as dancing. She may just be throwing
him in the air and because he bunches up like a ball she is unable to catch
him. What if she is making the best time with her son as opposed to beating
the crap out of him as you are suggesting???
Comment 9 of 71, added on March 10th, 2008 at 8:03 AM.
the final line of this is "red red roses"
Comment 8 of 71, added on January 30th, 2008 at 11:36 AM.
I am a Gcse student and we are doiing this peom in english at the moment
and it is for course work we have read into it alot and i can tell any one
who is interested that Ann Saxton abused her own children when her husband
was away and also that she commited suicide ater the 3rd or 4th attempt
P.S and one who is interested in these type of poems look up Seamus Heaney
danny from Ireland
Comment 7 of 71, added on May 21st, 2007 at 7:01 AM.
I personally thought that the symbolism of the rose (full of thorns) and
the welts that the child gets from the thrashing were brought across. I
think the music that is played is used to prevent neighbors from hearing
the cries of the child. It also show how violent the mother thrashes the
child over minor mistakes that children are prone to make.
Also it shows how sometimes societies legal safety nets are unable to
(ps. if anyone has any insightful comment on Sylvia Plath's Ariel pls tell
Jolyn from Singapore
Comment 6 of 71, added on March 10th, 2007 at 8:45 AM.
Is the author's brother Tommy? I hope the author did not experience this
personally. I don't like this poem, it is too dark and left me feeling
bad. I am sorry I read it.
from United States
Comment 5 of 71, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 9:02 PM.
I think it's interesting how so many people can see so many different
things in this poem. I noticed two major parts of it...1) It's about the
mother's fear of either the child being taken or herself being caught, and
2) it's also about the child's undying love for his mother. Some people
argue with me, however I will point out that this is only one
interpretation of it. (Yes, I am a college student in a poetry class.) I
might have read too far into the poem, or pulled too much from my own
experiance in an abusive household, but i know that the undying love for a
parent cannot be tarnished by somthing like abuse or neglect. No one here
so far has mentioned that, so I thought I would.
from United States
Comment 4 of 71, added on February 1st, 2006 at 4:18 AM.
This poem is beautiful, but so sad... it makes me feel sick to think
someone could do that to an innocent child...
Amy from Australia
Comment 3 of 71, added on January 26th, 2006 at 9:50 PM.
I really like this poem. One of the many abuse poems that Ann Sexton wrote.
Rocio Cervantes from United States
Comment 2 of 71, added on October 27th, 2005 at 4:00 AM.
This poem is very touching, i'm only 13 and i heard this poem at school and
i just had to get myself a copy for on my wall and in my scrapbook!
jess from United Kingdom
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