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And One For My Dame

Anne Sexton

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Added by: Linnea
I'm amazed that this poem hasn't been commented on yet.
Both Sextons' father and husband were salesmen (as her husband worked in her dad's company), however it is clear that this poem, more or less, is about her father. Many of Sextons' poem are about him, however i don't believe any are about her husband.

One thing that stands out is how talented Sexton was in terms of syntax - this poem, in large part, shows what everyone loved about her work, in particular, her earlier poems (since she did begin a more 'free form' style that was criticized). The fact that his poem is tightly rhymed adds an edge to it, it flows nicely, where it would've been very possible to step over the line and make the poem feel restricted.

What is also worth mentioning is that both Sextons' father and husband worked in the wool industry, the title of this poem is taken from the children's rhyme that contains the line "one for the master and one for the dame, and one for the little boy who lives down the lane" etc.

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