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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
59884 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 503 Comments
29702 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
29690 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 245 Comments
28424 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 517 Comments
27279 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
25905 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 527 Comments
24408 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 309 Comments
20762 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
20001 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 83 Comments
19961 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
19429 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
19390 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 281 Comments
18140 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
18024 The Touch
17881 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
17624 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
17223 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
16774 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
16396 Rumpelstiltskin
15161 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
14954 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
14779 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
14603 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13877 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
13587 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
13479 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13264 Lullaby
13236 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13193 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
13121 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13101 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
13087 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
12990 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
12817 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11928 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
11683 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
11650 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
11489 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11315 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
11157 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11138 The Big Heart
11029 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
10674 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
10194 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
10159 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
10087 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9834 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
9561 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
9481 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9367 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
9364 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9260 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9133 Wallflower
8881 Raccoon
8855 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8845 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8714 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8366 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8315 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
8157 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 63 Comments
7862 That Day
7778 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
7570 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7567 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7531 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7524 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
7271 The Earth
7033 The Civil War
6985 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
6978 The Wedding Ring Dance
6932 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6777 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6544 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
6403 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 97 Comments
6150 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6112 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6004 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
5965 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
5792 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
5785 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5726 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
5715 The Angel Food Dogs
5640 The Consecrating Mother
5459 The Exorcists
5431 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 168 Comments
5389 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5335 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5148 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4991 The Expatriates
4840 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4451 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4377 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4376 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4028 Live
3947 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 97 Comments
3729 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3438 The Errand
3340 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3276 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
2999 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
2484 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
2366 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 99 Comments
2344 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 114 Comments
2312 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 276 Comments
2024 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
1956 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
1896 Frenzy
1668 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
1658 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1642 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 294 Comments
1566 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 364 Comments
1556 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
1518 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
1452 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 256 Comments
1374 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
1248 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1243 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
1110 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 503 Comments
1075 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1037 Going Gone
1012 Small Wire
1006 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
987 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
983 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 339 Comments
931 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 305 Comments
911 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 267 Comments
887 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
881 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
854 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
831 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
829 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
821 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
801 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 204 Comments
773 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
767 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
766 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
765 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
758 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
718 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
718 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
699 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 444 Comments
686 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
678 Knee Song
676 Us
643 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
642 The Lost Ingredient
640 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
633 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
592 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
554 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
498 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
477 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 515 Comments
473 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
410 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
408 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
377 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
362 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
361 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
359 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
356 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 688 Comments
350 Again and Again and Again
291 August 8th
290 With Mercy For The Greedy
271 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 233 Comments
258 The Children
224 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
160 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
155 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
144 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
118 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
84 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
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