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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
54640 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 461 Comments
43418 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
37393 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 318 Comments
35204 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 662 Comments
27932 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
27660 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 224 Comments
26896 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 496 Comments
25630 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
24352 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 492 Comments
23176 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 278 Comments
19222 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
19100 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
18971 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 71 Comments
18968 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 195 Comments
18355 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
18126 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 243 Comments
18014 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 312 Comments
17714 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
17125 The Touch
17056 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
16865 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
16740 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
16665 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
16009 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
15857 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
15651 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
15080 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
14481 Rumpelstiltskin
14389 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14160 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
13849 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
13764 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
13511 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 64 Comments
13080 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12888 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12849 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
12659 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12547 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
12440 Lullaby
12396 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12365 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12144 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
12033 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
11899 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
11778 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11689 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
11462 Us
11190 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 241 Comments
11037 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
11020 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
11001 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
10997 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 249 Comments
10898 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
10836 The Gold Key
10705 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10198 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10131 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
9857 The Big Heart
9708 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9422 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9252 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
9216 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
9183 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9166 Small Wire
8954 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
8902 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
8890 Again and Again and Again
8805 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8777 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
8762 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8559 Knee Song
8520 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
8450 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8406 Wallflower
8355 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
8313 With Mercy For The Greedy
8276 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8247 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8119 Raccoon
8044 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 35 Comments
7986 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7978 August 8th
7770 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7754 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
7678 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
7647 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7317 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7253 That Day
7059 The Children
7047 The Fury Of Sunsets
7034 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
6950 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6949 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6922 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 438 Comments
6864 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
6820 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6751 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6701 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
6680 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
6552 The Earth
6487 The Wedding Ring Dance
6368 The Civil War
6277 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
6273 Cripples And Other Stories
6255 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6217 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
5876 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
5556 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
5490 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5266 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
5250 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5209 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5207 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5204 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5182 The Angel Food Dogs
5167 The Consecrating Mother
5123 The Lost Ingredient
5055 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
4870 The Exorcists
4788 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
4774 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
4463 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4386 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4349 The Expatriates
4105 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 264 Comments
3928 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
3899 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
3847 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3512 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3394 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
3281 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2946 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 78 Comments
2935 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
2870 The Errand
2132 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 134 Comments
1672 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1661 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 235 Comments
1380 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
1358 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
1288 Live
1273 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 467 Comments
1208 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 293 Comments
999 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 479 Comments
929 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 90 Comments
880 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
831 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
807 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 251 Comments
774 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
755 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 209 Comments
730 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
729 Frenzy
693 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 265 Comments
664 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
660 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
621 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
511 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
478 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
468 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
453 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
447 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
395 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
393 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
377 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
352 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
351 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
334 Going Gone
307 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
295 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
292 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
39 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
28 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
16 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment


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