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Author: Poetry of Anne Sexton Type: Poetry Views: 2055

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All My Pretty Ones1962A thousand doors ago

when I was a lonely kid

in a big house with four

garages and it was summer

as long as I could remember,

I lay on the lawn at night,

clover wrinkling over me,

the wise stars bedding over me,

my mother's window a funnel

of yellow heat running out,

my father's window, half shut,

an eye where sleepers pass,

and the boards of the house

were smooth and white as wax

and probably a million leaves

sailed on their strange stalks

as the crickets ticked together

and I, in my brand new body,

which was not a woman's yet,

told the stars my questions

and thought God could really see

the heat and the painted light,

elbows, knees, dreams, goodnight.


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I think that she is expressing dealing with problems.

| Posted on 2011-12-14 | by a guest

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a reflection on the times of youth embedded in the struggles one has to face as a child living alone, not only is she in need of her parents but also in need of siblings and friends as an adolescent.

| Posted on 2009-04-05 | by a guest

.: uhh totally different :.

I think that Sexton is referring to a time when she went through puberty and this situation was right after she had sex. Notice the line "clover wrinkling over me, the wise stars bedding over me," also the line brand new body. Just consider it and read it over again, everything has new meaning

| Posted on 2008-05-20 | by a guest

.: just a thought :.

I agree with the fact that this was probably in response to the feelings of her parents deaths, I just wanted to mention a couple of things that i thought when I read this poem. First, I noticed the way her mother and father's rooms are described; her mother's seems open and inviting, her father's seems almost off limits and cold. I just assumed that meant she was closer with her mother. Just a thought. Also, in opposition to the previous post, i feel that she lost faith in God. I think when she uses "thought" in the past tense, it shows that at one time she thought she could turn to God, but soon realized it would do her no good. A rather depressing ending...and I could be totally off, as I have absolutely no background information. I just thought it was an intriguing poem.

| Posted on 2007-04-28 | by a guest

.: parents :.

since anne sexton's parents both died of diseases when she was young, she is probably talking about her confusion of coming into her own while both of her parents are dying. This is obviously a hard situation to grow up in. Not only is she strugling with becoming a woman, but she is struggling with the death of her parents. The only way she can turn now is to the stars and to God.

| Posted on 2005-02-16 | by Approved Guest

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