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Comment 5 of 72, added on October 27th, 2008 at 2:42 PM.

What I have forgotten and want to add is that the title of the poem
"Housewife" is also a pun. It suggests that after getting married to a man,
the woman becomes the 'wife' of the 'house' rather than the 'wife' of the

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Comment 4 of 72, added on October 27th, 2008 at 2:17 PM.

This poem suggests that women are not actually getting married to men but
to their accomodations. The houses in which women start to live after their
marriage, become their real life partners with whom they actually share
their lives. In order to show this,the persona attributes human qualities
to the houses, which replace men's position in the married women's
lives.The last four lines of the poem imply that men become intimate with
their wives only when they are forced by their sexual instincts.The word
"fleshy" has a sexual connotation in this sense.The wife is also likened to
the mother, because after a man's separation from his mother, the wife
becomes the one who continues to fulfill his demands.

dilek from Turkey
Comment 3 of 72, added on November 4th, 2005 at 4:35 PM.

I am a housewife and know of what Anne speaks. (suicide runs in my family)

Although I believe we all have compromises to make (the men do as well),
we need to find our true selves and why we do the things we do. Life is
not easy (sounds cliche') and we need to not take it for granted that it
We need to look deeper and if LIFE is not what we want we need to delve
into that. It's not an easy path. We all are different with different
gifts. Find your gift. I haven't yet found mine and I am flawed. But I
still seek it.
Please don't despair. You are not alone.

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Poet: Anne Sexton
Poem: Housewife
Added: May 22 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 3 2005

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