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Young By Anne Sexton
Transcript of Young By Anne Sexton
Language "A thousand doors ago
when I was a lonely kid.." "..the wise stars bedding over me.." Anne won the Pulitzer in 1967 for her collection Live or Die. Anne struggled with bursts of depression and often showed it in her poetry. Some believe that most of her works were autobiographical. Facts About Anne Sexton She was born in Newton Massachusetts on November 9, 1928. Personification Simile A 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. Young
by Anne Sexton This poem is free verse because the poem does not have any sort of rhythm or rhyme. Rhythm & Rhyme Schemes Significance of the title, theme, speaker, tone, and the poem’s importance to society -Significance of title: This title, Young, is very significant. In the poem, Anne shares an experience of a child who is outside alone and looking at the stars.
-Theme: The theme of this poem is youth. Anne is recalling a moment in time where she was praying to God while sitting outside.
-Speaker: Anne is presumably the speaker of the story because the poem is in first person. Tone: The tone of this poem is very peaceful.
-Poem's importance in society: this poem shows the importance of being young and grateful for the small things in life. Diction Analysis Anne uses very formal modern day language. She puts the whole poem in one sentence in order to capture a moment in time. Metaphor "..and the boards of the house were smooth and white as wax.."