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The Starry Night Summary & Analysis
by Anne Sexton

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"The Starry Night" is a 1962 ekphrastic poem by Anne Sexton, written in response to Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting of the same name. Gazing into a night sky, the poem's speaker (who might be Van Gogh himself, or another speaker admiring Van Gogh's painting) desperately wants to "die," to dissolve into the starry night for good. This is a poem about both a passionate spiritual response to beauty and a longing for annihilation. At the same time, it reflects the way that art can connect struggling souls across time and space, offering company and consolation.

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