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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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30584 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 250 Comments
30527 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
27947 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
26720 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 535 Comments
25254 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 313 Comments
21357 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
20532 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 89 Comments
20322 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
19859 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 286 Comments
19819 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
18654 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
18416 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
18366 The Touch
18080 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
17897 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 271 Comments
17434 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
16815 Rumpelstiltskin
15661 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
15502 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
15340 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 61 Comments
14980 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
14486 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 477 Comments
13997 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
13762 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13600 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
13587 Lullaby
13560 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
13484 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13452 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13117 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12566 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12422 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
12090 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
11979 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
11832 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
11570 The Big Heart
11516 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11430 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
11393 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
10776 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
10623 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
10395 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
10367 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 26 Comments
10351 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
9833 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9726 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
9696 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
9681 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
9564 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9528 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
9432 Wallflower
9168 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9119 Raccoon
8976 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8965 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
8961 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
8834 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8325 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
8219 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 107 Comments
8057 That Day
7801 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7797 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7541 The Earth
7362 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
7288 The Civil War
7238 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7201 The Wedding Ring Dance
7049 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
7037 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 175 Comments
7002 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
6451 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6448 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
6311 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
6289 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
6233 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6061 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6018 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5942 The Angel Food Dogs
5868 The Consecrating Mother
5729 The Exorcists
5645 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5379 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5251 The Expatriates
5045 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4678 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4629 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4608 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4003 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3909 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3627 The Errand
3617 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 106 Comments
3614 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 336 Comments
3247 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
3089 Small Wire
2601 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
2413 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 257 Comments
2282 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 298 Comments
2168 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 507 Comments
2029 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
1987 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
1984 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
1974 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
1732 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 446 Comments
1523 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
1482 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1457 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
1438 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
1402 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1363 Going Gone
1361 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
1351 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1328 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
1268 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1251 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
1224 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1212 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1176 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 209 Comments
1166 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1158 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1152 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
1103 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
1082 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
1053 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
1046 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
1000 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
989 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 695 Comments
982 With Mercy For The Greedy
979 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
918 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
876 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 77 Comments
874 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
839 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
740 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
720 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 13 Comments
702 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
689 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
678 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
671 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
653 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 526 Comments
650 Again and Again and Again
579 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
557 August 8th
543 The Children
523 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
487 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 77 Comments
479 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
441 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
422 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
402 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 343 Comments
390 The Lost Ingredient
372 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 121 Comments
368 Live
367 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
312 Cripples And Other Stories
229 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 100 Comments
198 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 513 Comments
162 Frenzy
145 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
133 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
128 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
126 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 315 Comments
119 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 239 Comments
93 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
91 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 364 Comments
87 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 279 Comments
70 Knee Song
58 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
42 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 521 Comments
34 Us
30 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
18 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 10 Comments


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