Monday, April 23, 2012

Wanting to Die

So many confessional poets are so tragic--often ending their lives with suicide. Although their poems are dark, I think that darkness has its own beauty to it. This poem is called "Wanting to Die" by Anne Sexton.  Anne battled with mental illness most of her life and committed suicide in 1974.

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4 comments:

  1. What a sad poem. I've never grappled with thoughts of suicide, so it's heart-breaking to get a glimpse inside of the mind of someone who has. Thanks for sharing this poem with us, Liz.

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  2. Sad, so sad, but really beautiful imagery.

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  3. Very sad, but I've always enjoyed Sexton's poetry, as well as the poems of other confessional poets. As you said, there's something beautiful about the darkness they explore in their writing.

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  4. Wow. So graphic and raw and sad, but you're right: the darkness is, in its own way, beautiful.

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