Anne Sexton Essay
As a child, Anne Sexton had to be the center of attention, "a demanding child" (Self-Portrait in Letter 3). When Anne was younger, she thought of herself as an outcast and unwanted (Hall 3). Anne's great-aunt Nana died in July 1954. She thought the death of Nana was her fault. This was proved in some of the poetry that Anne wrote, "I knew you forever and you were always old, / …show more content…
Wait, Mister. Which way is home?
La la la, oh music swims back to me and I can feel the tune they played the night they left me in this private institution on a hill.
(To Bedlam and Part Way Back 8) The official person, who offers advice and viewpoints, is "Mister". He is the one that can help the speaker find "home". "In this poem, music is more helpful than Mister' is for it helps the speaker to remember. With the help of the music, she gains at least temporary perspective, for she can remember that everyone here was crazy' when she first arrived" (Hall 19-20).
Imagine it. A radio playing and everyone here is crazy.
I liked it and danced in a circle.
Music pours over the sense and in a funny way music sees more than I.
I mean it remembers better; (To Bedlam and Part Way Back 8)
"We know how a sudden musical phrase, or sound, or smell, can remind us in a flash a childhood memory, of the way we felt, or of where we were, when we heard or smelled it sometime in the past" (Hall 19-20). The poem plays the importance on confusion and forgetfulness, and the poem has a circular structure. The word circle, line 31, is telling the speaker there will not be answer to the opening question,