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To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph
In the poem "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Triumph", Anne Sexton alludes to the
flight of Icarus and Daedalus and to "To a Friend Whose Work Has Come to Nothing" to convey a
message to a friend. I think this poem was written to reassure a friend that what she did was
the right thing. Perhaps a father figure of the friend advised her to do something and she
defied him, making herself feel worried that she did the wrong thing.
William Butler Yeats once wrote a poem titled "To a Friend Whose Work has Come to Nothing".
It was a poem believed to be written to reassure a friend that what she ended up doing was a
noble thing even though in reality she failed her original task. The title of Sexton's poem is
an obvious allusion to Yeats' poem. Sexton changed "Nothing" to "Triumph" in her title.
Sexton's friend must have been a fellow poet to be able to catc...
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