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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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First LineComments
"Angels of the love affair, do you know that other, Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
"Young girls in old Arabia were often buried alive next Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
"Do you like me?" Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
1. Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
1. Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1. Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1. Old Man Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1. DREAMS Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
"Too many things are occurring for even a big heart to hold." - From an essay by W. B. Yeats
"You speak to me of narcissism but I reply that it is Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 114 Comments
(from a song) Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
a prayer Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
A young man is afraid of his demon and puts his hand Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
After I wrote this, a friend scrawled on this page, "Yes." Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
And do not be indiscreet or unconventional. Play it safe.
for my friend Ruth, who urges me to make an
For my mother, born March 1902, died March 1959 Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
for Sylvia Plath Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
Good for visiting hospitals or charitable work. Take some time to attend to your health. Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
In Memoriam Comments and analysis of 90 Comments
Live or die, but don't poison everything...
That does not keep me from having a terrible need of -- shall I say the word -- religion. Then Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 86 Comments
For my Mother, born March 1902, died March 1959 Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
You said the anger would come back
A born salesman, Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
A red-hot needle Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
A story, a story! Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
A thousand doors ago Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 74 Comments
A woman Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
A woman Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
A woman who writes feels too much, Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Almost yesterday, those gentle ladies stole
And I solemnly swear
Anger, Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
Anna who was mad, Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 114 Comments
Be careful of words, Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
Because there was no other place Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
Being kissed on the back
Busy, with an idea for a code, I write Comments and analysis of An Obsessive Combination Of Onotological Inscape, Trickery And Love by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
By the first of August Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Child, the current of your breath is six days long. Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Come friend,
Consider Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 27 Comments
Consider Icarus, pasting those sticky wintgs on, Comments and analysis of To A Friend Whose Work Has Come To Triumph by Anne Sexton 103 Comments
Coon, why did you come to this dance
Darkness Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
Earth, earth, Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
Everything here is yellow and green. Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Father, this year's jinx rides us apart Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
For months my hand was sealed off
For the angels who inhabit this town, Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Frau Doktor, Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
God loafs around heaven,
Herbs, garlic, Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Here, Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 61 Comments
His awful skin Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Husband, Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
I am in a crate, the crate that was ours, Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
I am not lazy.
I am the love killer, Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 123 Comments
I am the only actor. Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
I am torn in two
I dance in circles holding
I have a pack of letters, Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
I have gone out, a possessed witch, Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
I hired a carpenter Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
I knew you forever and you were always old, Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
I stand before the sea
I was tired of being a woman, Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 26 Comments
I was wrapped in black
I would like to bury
I'm afraid of needles. Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
I've been going right on, page by page,
If I could blame it all on the weather, Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
If you danced from midnight Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
In his tenth July some instinct Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
In my dream Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
In my dream, Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
In the dream Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
In the thin classroom, where your face Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Inside many of us
It comes oozing Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
It is a summer evening.
It is half winter, half spring, Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
It is in the small things we see it. Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 130 Comments
It is snowing and death bugs me Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
It was also my violent heart that broke, Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
It's in the heart of the grape Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
Jean, death comes close to us all, Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Just once I knew what life was for. Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 64 Comments
Leaping, leaping, leaping,
Let the flowers make a journey Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
Like Oedipus I am losing my sight. Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Loving me with my shows off Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Many a miner has gone
Moist, moist, Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Mother, Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Ms. Sexton went out looking for the gods. Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
My business is words. Words are like labels, Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
My dear, it was a moment
My doctor, the comedian
My faith
My God, my God, what queer corner am I in? Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
My mouth blooms like a cut. Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
No matter what life you lead Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
Not that it was beautiful, Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Not that it was beautiful, Comments and analysis of For John, Who Begs Me Not To Enquire Further by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
Notice how he has numbered the blue veins Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
Oh down at the tavern
Oh sharp diamond, my mother! Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
Oh, love, why do we argue like this? Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 82 Comments
On the southwest side of Capri Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
One day He Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
One day He
Over stone walls and barns,
Perhaps the earth is floating, Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Put on a clean shirt Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Roach, foulest of creatures, Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
She is all there. Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
Since you ask, most days I cannot remember. Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 86 Comments
Since you ask, most days I cannot remember. Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
Sing me a thrush, bone.
Sleeping in fever, I am unfair Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
Sleepmonger, Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 104 Comments
Slim inquirer, while the old fathers sleep Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
So it has come to this Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Some ghosts are women, Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 90 Comments
Some women marry houses. Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
Somebody who should have been born Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 125 Comments
Someone lives in a cave Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
Something
Take away your knowledge, Doktor. Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
The children are all crying in their pens
The correct death is written in. Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
The day of fire is coming, the thrush, Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
The end of the affair is always death. Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 126 Comments
The rain drums down like red ants, Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
The speaker in this case
The summer sun ray Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
There can be certain potions Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
There they are Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
There was a girl Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
There was an unwanted child. Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
There will be mud on the carpet tonight Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
They come on to my clean Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
They sit in a row Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
They work with herbs Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
This is the desk I sit at
This is the key to it. Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
This singing Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Today the circus poster Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
Tommy is three and when he's bad Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 70 Comments
Under my bowels, yellow with smoke, Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
Until tonight they were separate specialties, Comments and analysis of A Story For Rose On The Midnight Flight To Boston by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
Wait Mister. Which way is home? Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 64 Comments
Watch out for power, Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
Watch out for power, Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
We are America. Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
We are born with luck Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
We sail out of season into on oyster-gray wind, Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
What can I do with this bayonet? Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
What is death, I ask. Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
When I was a child Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
When man, Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
Where I waved at the sky Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
Who is he? Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Who will forgive me for the things I do? Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
Who's she, that one in your arms? Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
You always read about it: Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 74 Comments
You are the roast beef I have purchased Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
You, Doctor Martin, walk Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
Your daisies have come Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 10 Comments


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