Greg Johnson on: "The Truth the Dead Know"
In that strange, bitter elegy, "The Truth the Dead Know," Sexton seems to eschew the common rituals of mourning: "Gone, I say and walk from church, / refusing the stiff procession to the grave"; she prefers, instead to "cultivate myself" and to avoid such a powerful intimation of mortality as the death of both parents within a few months. The poem ends, however, by emphasizing not her own refusals but those of the dead, and into her voice creeps something like envy. . . .
From "The Achievement of Anne Sexton." The Hollins Critics (1984)
|Title||Greg Johnson on: "The Truth the Dead Know"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Greg Johnson||Criticism Target||Anne Sexton|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||25 Feb 2016|
|Publication Status||Excerpted Criticism||Publication||The Achievement of Anne Sexton|
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