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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
55242 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 464 Comments
28174 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
27902 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 227 Comments
27077 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 498 Comments
25802 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
24542 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 494 Comments
23319 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 281 Comments
19219 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
19111 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
18513 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
18280 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 245 Comments
18115 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
17251 The Touch
17180 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
16961 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
16960 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
16808 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
16189 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
16030 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
15755 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
14685 Rumpelstiltskin
14543 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14322 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 48 Comments
13943 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
13874 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
13611 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
13329 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
12973 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12933 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
12731 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12707 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 449 Comments
12541 Lullaby
12497 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12485 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12246 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
12159 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
11927 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11806 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
11415 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 242 Comments
11160 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
11129 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
11088 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
11016 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
10937 The Gold Key
10783 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10331 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10255 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
9988 The Big Heart
9943 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9530 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9511 Small Wire
9363 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
9311 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
9260 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9026 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
8966 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8860 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
8826 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
8703 Knee Song
8616 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8550 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
8532 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8503 With Mercy For The Greedy
8475 Wallflower
8337 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8304 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8206 Raccoon
8132 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 36 Comments
8085 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8067 August 8th
7740 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
7321 That Day
7205 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7190 The Fury Of Sunsets
7131 The Children
7031 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7030 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7000 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 438 Comments
6978 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6905 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
6901 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6795 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
6781 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
6648 The Earth
6537 The Wedding Ring Dance
6445 The Civil War
6385 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
6370 Cripples And Other Stories
6303 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6282 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
5949 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
5634 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
5558 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5378 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
5333 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5279 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5275 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5234 The Angel Food Dogs
5222 The Consecrating Mother
5105 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
4917 The Exorcists
4859 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
4836 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
4520 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4434 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4420 The Expatriates
3975 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
3972 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
3890 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3707 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 71 Comments
3331 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3313 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
2923 The Errand
2678 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 138 Comments
2089 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 237 Comments
1933 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1581 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
1569 Live
1422 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 298 Comments
1218 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 481 Comments
1092 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 92 Comments
1044 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1025 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
989 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
921 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
886 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 211 Comments
874 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
862 Frenzy
809 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
802 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
797 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 265 Comments
713 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
631 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 78 Comments
596 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
588 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
553 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
501 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
458 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
425 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
413 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
411 Going Gone
375 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
349 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
159 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
146 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
121 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 265 Comments
62 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
36 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 70 Comments
19 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 662 Comments
19 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 468 Comments
17 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
17 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
16 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 320 Comments
13 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 251 Comments
12 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
12 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
10 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9 The Lost Ingredient
7 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
7 Again and Again and Again
6 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
6 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
5 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 315 Comments
5 Us
5 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 196 Comments
4 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
4 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments


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