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The Fury Of Overshoes Analysis



Author: Poetry of Anne Sexton Type: Poetry Views: 525

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The Death Notebooks1974They sit in a rowoutside the kindergarten,black, red, brown, allwith those brass buckles.Remember when you couldn'tbuckle your ownovershoeor tie your ownovershoeor tie your own shoeor cut your own meatand the tearsrunning down like mudbecause you fell off yourtricycle?Remember, big fish,when you couldn't swimand simply slipped underlike a stone frog?The world wasn'tyours.It belonged tothe big people.Under your bedsat the wolfand he made a shadowwhen cars passed byat night.They made you give upyour nightlightand your teddyand your thumb.Oh overshoes,don't youremember me,pushing you up and downin the winter snow?Oh thumb,I want a drink,it is dark,where are the big people,when will I get there,taking giant stepsall day,each dayand thinkingnothing of it?





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I think the poem is more about her life now than it is about her childhood. For instance, in lines 19-22 she explains how as a child, one is not in control of their environment and that it is controlled by "The Big People". In lines 40-41 she says "Where are the big people, when will i get there" It shows that she still feels like a child, and that being like a child, she doesn't feel in control of her life. Maybe though she doesn't want to control her life, maybe its just more simple to have the Big People control everything. I think its important to note that Anne Sexton suffered depression throughout her life. With the title its clear that she feels frustrated, its like when you want to do something but not being able to. You get frustrated with yourself, hence fury.

| Posted on 2009-04-08 | by a guest


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I think the poem is more about her life now than it is about her childhood. For instance, in lines 19-22 she explains how as a child, one is not in control of their environment and that it is controlled by "The Big People". In lines 40-41 she says "Where are the big people, when will i get there" It shows that she still feels like a child, and that being like a child, she doesn't feel in control of her life. Maybe though she doesn't want to control her life, maybe its just more simple to have the Big People control everything. I think its important to note that Anne Sexton suffered depression throughout her life. With the title its clear that she feels frustrated, its like when you want to do something but not being able to. You get frustrated with yourself, hence fury.

| Posted on 2007-03-21 | by a guest


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When I was young, I always used to wonder all about life and when I was finally going to "grow up." I am now in high school, and as a student, I have wondered where all of MY teddies have gone, and where my nightlight is from when I was younger. I wished so much to start to be a part of my world and active, driving a car and taking difficult classes in school, I gave up so many of my childlike pleasures, my nightlight and my teddy, for instance. Instead of just being a child, I decided to be "Grown up" and tie my own shoes, a reoccuring element and symbol in this poem. This element represents the nature of children to be independant and like my parents.
The world wasn't handed to me on a silver platter, I had to learn. I had to learn to swim and learn to disregard my childlike fears of shadows and the dark. I exchanged these naivities for knowledge, for wisdom, and for the ability to make a difference and now it is my time to shine.
Also, it is instilled in this poem that we are the dreamers of dreams and that we can be the "big people" who we have sacrificed ourselves to become, the aversion back to the thumb signals that maybe I'm not fully ready to go out into the world, maybe I'm not the best candidate, maybe I'm not just like that adult I see who is amazing and can do millons of things with just a few minutes to spare. I buckled you, shoes, a long time ago and I'm wondering you will kick in and I will be like my parents?
I wonder when I can become the person I am meant to be... I wonder when I can take those giant steps. When we get to taking those big steps, we must keep on and cherish the moments we spend. We have waited for it all of our lives, it is our time to shine.
Miriam Mus.

| Posted on 2005-12-06 | by Approved Guest




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