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Courage Summary
Anne Sexton

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Courage Summary

Introduction

"Courage" appears in Anne Sexton's eighth and last collection of original poems, The Awful Rowing Toward God, published by Houghton Mifflin, in 1975, a year after her suicide. It is the seventh poem in the collection, most of which were initially written to be a part of her 1974 collection, The Death Notebooks . The religious tone of the Rowing poems, however, dictated another book. Like many of the poems in the collection, "Courage" universalizes the speaker's experience, the "you" in the poem standing for everyone. Sexton marches the reader through the stages of life, detailing in a series of symbolic metaphors the courageous ways that human beings respond to adversity. In four free verse stanzas of crisp, fresh, sometimes surreal images, Sexton tells the story of a human being's life from childhood to old age, showing the resilience of the human spirit and underscoring human beings' power to endure even the...

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