Pain For A Daughter Analysis

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The poem, “Pain For A Daughter” written by Anne Sexton, does not solely focus on the daughter’s pain. This is about the family’s suffering. Every stanza in the poem suggests a sequence of events leading to the point that the mother dies while birthing the daughter. The title “Pain For A Daughter,” is not just a reflection of the pain inflicted on the daughter, but to the difficulty the family experienced in bringing her into the world.
The first stanza begins with, “Blind with love”; which examines the love the daughter has with another being for which she does not have responsibility (l1). The child learns to sacrifice her squeamish comfort zone for the greater good of the horse’s life. Horses must be groomed, fed, watered, and vaccinated.
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A very large framed horse has stood on the girl’s foot. The girl’s pain is likely the most she has experienced in her life. This is the point in the symbolic story, which is paralleled by the mother’s experience as she goes into labor. Giving birth is the most excruciatingly painful experience known to humanity and exceeds the pain limitations of Homo sapiens.
Lastly discussed is, “Blind with Fear” (l 35). Both, in the written story and the symbolic, the mother and daughter are in the most agonizing pain they have experienced. The young girl does not yet understand the resilience of human anatomy; she is afraid, like all children would be, of the worst possible outcome for her foot. The mother fully understands her predicament; she will not make it out of the labor room alive. The voice, the mother’s presence, stands in the door with “eyes locked / on the ceiling, eyes of a stranger” (l 42-43). The daughter glances at the door trying to divert her attention to anything other than the agony radiating up her leg. “And then she cries… / Oh my God, help me! / Where a child would have cried Mama!” (l 44-46). These lines seem to indicate that the mother is not physically present in the daughter’s life. The narrator possess insight to the daughter’s life, but the daughter does not know the mother’s life. The girl cries to God and not to her mama. Any child will cry for their mother when they are in pain. Without the mother’s love and presence in her life, God is her only

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