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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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Page ViewsPoemComments
56427 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 470 Comments
28639 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
28411 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 229 Comments
27472 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 505 Comments
26171 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
24910 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 499 Comments
23624 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 285 Comments
19392 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
19381 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
18760 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
18653 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
18549 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 251 Comments
17473 The Touch
17405 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
17331 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
17184 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
16995 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
16509 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
16295 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
15945 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
15095 Rumpelstiltskin
14779 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14544 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
14129 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
14098 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
13825 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
13820 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
13191 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13074 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
13000 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 450 Comments
12878 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12693 Lullaby
12668 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
12663 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12658 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12431 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
12349 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
12191 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12121 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
11963 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 244 Comments
11352 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
11303 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
11253 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
11202 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 59 Comments
11128 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
10895 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10534 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10433 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
10314 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10261 The Big Heart
9670 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9573 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
9463 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9442 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
9284 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
9268 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
9026 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8984 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
8810 With Mercy For The Greedy
8795 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
8771 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8690 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8634 Wallflower
8470 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8416 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8356 Raccoon
8282 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 40 Comments
8232 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8207 August 8th
7844 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7517 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7462 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7425 That Day
7248 The Children
7214 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7146 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7045 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
7029 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7009 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6914 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6818 The Earth
6648 The Wedding Ring Dance
6568 The Civil War
6531 Cripples And Other Stories
6502 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
6416 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6403 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6067 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
5763 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5697 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
5586 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
5504 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5423 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5367 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5338 The Angel Food Dogs
5301 The Consecrating Mother
5229 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
5030 The Exorcists
5006 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
4979 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
4679 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4546 The Expatriates
4531 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
4519 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4337 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
4086 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4064 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
3985 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3422 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3384 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 145 Comments
3038 The Errand
2823 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 238 Comments
2410 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2092 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 274 Comments
2059 Live
2049 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 309 Comments
1980 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
1562 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 489 Comments
1477 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1415 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 94 Comments
1313 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 256 Comments
1205 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
1204 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
1198 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 81 Comments
1175 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 214 Comments
1141 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
1076 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1068 Frenzy
1022 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1015 Small Wire
986 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 269 Comments
814 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
785 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
704 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
689 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
660 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
564 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
550 Going Gone
532 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
515 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
500 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
459 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
415 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
404 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
386 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 328 Comments
351 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 480 Comments
320 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 671 Comments
311 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
231 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
221 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
210 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
202 Us
197 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 322 Comments
196 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
195 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
194 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
191 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
190 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 196 Comments
188 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
186 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
164 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 438 Comments
162 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
162 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
159 Again and Again and Again
154 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
135 The Lost Ingredient
131 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
107 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
104 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
102 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
91 Knee Song
91 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments


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