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Biography of Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton (1928 - 1974)

Anne Gray Harvey was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in 1928. She attended Garland Junior College for one year and married Alfred Muller Sexton II at age nineteen. She enrolled in a modeling course at the Hart Agency and lived in San Francisco and Baltimore. In 1953 she gave birth to a daughter. In 1954 she was diagnosed with postpartum depression, suffered her first mental breakdown, and was admitted to Westwood Lodge, a neuropsychiatric hospital she would repeatedly return to for help. In 1955, following the birth of her second daughter, Sexton suffered another breakdown and was hospitalized again; her children were sent to live with her husband's parents. That same year, on her birthday, she attempted suicide.

She was encouraged by her doctor to pursue an interest in writing poetry she had developed in high school, and in the fall of 1957 she enrolled in a poetry workshop at the Boston Center for Adult Education. In her introduction to Anne Sexton's Complete Poems, the poet Maxine Kumin, who was enrolled with Sexton in the 1957 workshop and became her close friend, describes her belief that it was the writing of poetry that gave Sexton something to work towards and develop and thus enabled her to endure life for as long as she did. In 1974 at the age of 46, despite a successful writing career--she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for Live or Die--she lost her battle with mental illness and committed suicide.

Like Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, W. D. Snodgrass (who exerted a great influence on her work), and other "confessional" poets, Sexton offers the reader an intimate view of the emotional anguish that characterized her life. She made the experience of being a woman a central issue in her poetry, and though she endured criticism for bringing subjects such as menstruation, abortion, and drug addiction into her work, her skill as a poet transcended the controversy over her subject matter.



172 Poems written by Anne Sexton

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Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 117 Comments
The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 111 Comments
The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 109 Comments
Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 98 Comments
Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 92 Comments
Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 90 Comments
The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 87 Comments
To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph Comments and analysis of To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph by Anne Sexton 85 Comments
Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 84 Comments
"Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 74 Comments
A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 69 Comments
Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further Comments and analysis of For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight To Boston Comments and analysis of A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight To Boston by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
An Obsessive Combination Of Onotological Inscape, Trickery And Love Comments and analysis of An Obsessive Combination Of Onotological Inscape, Trickery And Love by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Again and Again and Again
August 8th
Cripples And Other Stories
Crossing The Atlantic
Frenzy
Going Gone
It Is A Spring Afternoon
Knee Song
Live
Lullaby
Old
Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
Raccoon
Rumpelstiltskin
Small Wire
That Day
The Angel Food Dogs
The Big Heart
The Children
The Civil War
The Consecrating Mother
The Earth
The Errand
The Exorcists
The Expatriates
The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
The Fury Of God's Goodbye
The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos
The Fury Of Hating Eyes
The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
The Fury Of Sunsets
The Gold Key
The Lost Ingredient
The Touch
The Wedding Ring Dance
Us
Wallflower
With Mercy For The Greedy


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