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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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60205 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 504 Comments
29893 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 246 Comments
29812 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
28654 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 517 Comments
27425 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
26046 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 528 Comments
24589 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 309 Comments
20887 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
20115 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 83 Comments
20037 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
19521 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
19491 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 281 Comments
18245 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
18101 The Touch
17976 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
17733 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
17353 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
16941 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
16477 Rumpelstiltskin
15255 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
15080 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
14885 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
14674 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13992 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 471 Comments
13662 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
13556 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13328 Lullaby
13297 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13284 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
13218 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
13206 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13192 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
13066 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
12879 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12060 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
11761 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
11745 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11712 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
11384 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
11260 The Big Heart
11240 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11115 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
10860 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
10298 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
10240 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
10163 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9929 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
9660 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9554 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9452 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
9444 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
9333 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9191 Wallflower
8933 Raccoon
8924 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8891 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8765 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8473 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8468 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
8314 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
7908 That Day
7868 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
7633 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
7627 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7627 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7603 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7326 The Earth
7092 The Civil War
7046 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
7026 The Wedding Ring Dance
7018 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6895 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 98 Comments
6838 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6613 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
6210 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6191 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6057 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6023 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
5931 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
5841 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5801 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
5772 The Angel Food Dogs
5702 The Consecrating Mother
5608 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 168 Comments
5536 The Exorcists
5439 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5392 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5205 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5046 The Expatriates
4893 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4491 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4440 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4433 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4269 Live
4196 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 97 Comments
3767 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3552 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3489 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 73 Comments
3488 The Errand
3131 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 329 Comments
2613 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 100 Comments
2600 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
2498 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 278 Comments
2479 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 116 Comments
2139 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
2114 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
2008 Frenzy
1751 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 295 Comments
1745 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
1722 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1690 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 256 Comments
1656 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
1615 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
1496 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
1412 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
1388 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 503 Comments
1313 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1292 Small Wire
1281 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 306 Comments
1206 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 341 Comments
1151 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1130 Going Gone
1094 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
1063 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
1023 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 267 Comments
981 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
942 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
940 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
924 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
924 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 204 Comments
906 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
904 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
885 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
883 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
869 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
844 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 517 Comments
834 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
818 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
780 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 444 Comments
780 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
769 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
763 Knee Song
754 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
753 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
744 Us
726 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
709 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
698 The Lost Ingredient
696 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
627 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
552 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
523 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
522 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 689 Comments
501 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
471 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
468 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
453 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
445 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 11 Comments
443 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
429 Again and Again and Again
410 With Mercy For The Greedy
378 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 234 Comments
342 August 8th
335 The Children
302 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
236 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 63 Comments
230 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
223 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 47 Comments
197 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
140 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
100 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 364 Comments
71 Cripples And Other Stories


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