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Starry Night Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time He completed many paintings that have become world-renown even by the average layman According to one critic Van Gogh was filled with lonely feelings and endless creative energy He wasnt a successful artist during his life He only sold one painting and depended on his brother for support In 1889 van Gogh completed Starry Night which displays how his troubled spirit and brilliant mind revealed themselves in his painting Halls 1 P Pettingell explains that Anne Sexton became a poet as a result of her deteriorating mental state Her husband was often away on business and she was confused about her role as a mother When she had a mental breakdown she was diagnosed as a hysteric and was admitted into a hospital Her psychologist urged her to write verses about her feelings and experiences Sextons poem Starry Night is her reaction after studying van Goghs painting of the same title The artwork inspired her to write this poem and to express in words what she saw in the painting When comparing van Goghs Starry Night to Sextons Starry Night I notice that the poem and the painting are similar in many ways Anne Sexton begins her poem by saying The town does not exist When looking at the painting the town is one thing that is does not catch the eye immediately It could be overlooked easily because in proportion to the sky and the large dark tree the town is quite small Sexton describes the town as silent Van Gogh painted the town to be so He wanted the attention of the viewer to be drawn to other points Perhaps the insignificancy of the town reflects van Goghs thoughts on how the world viewed him He might have felt inferior to all other people who were shown as the stars in the painting When Sexton moves
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