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For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further Analysis by Anne Sexton [Poetry]

May 17, 2012

Cyn McCurry’s “Out of the Storm Against the Tide”

 

For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further Analysis
by Anne Sexton

Not that it was beautiful,
but that, in the end, there was
a certain sense of order there;
something worth learning
in that narrow diary of my mind,
in the commonplaces of the asylum
where the cracked mirror
or my own selfish death
outstared me.
And if I tried
to give you something else,
something outside of myself,
you would not know
that the worst of anyone
can be, finally,
an accident of hope.
[…]

Read the rest of the poem here.

Anne Sexton was tagged a “confessional poet” in her day and criticized for being “too personal” in her poetry. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967.

In 1974 at the age of 46, she committed suicide.

Below is a clip of Anne Sexton talking about death and reading from her poem, Wanting to Die.

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