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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
58609 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 503 Comments
29349 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
29241 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 238 Comments
28042 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 517 Comments
26780 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
25525 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 522 Comments
24088 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 303 Comments
20375 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
19765 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
19755 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 83 Comments
19228 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
19108 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 280 Comments
17870 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
17833 The Touch
17648 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
17390 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
16888 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 269 Comments
16431 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
15996 Rumpelstiltskin
14916 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
14668 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
14558 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
14420 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13593 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13590 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 469 Comments
13386 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
13262 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13032 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13031 Lullaby
13002 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
12957 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12818 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
12785 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
12743 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
12570 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11719 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
11520 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
11451 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
11176 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11151 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
10964 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10878 The Big Heart
10837 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
10179 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
10015 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
9919 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9865 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
9618 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
9346 With Mercy For The Greedy
9342 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9297 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
9232 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
9090 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9084 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
8935 Wallflower
8718 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8693 Raccoon
8679 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8560 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 46 Comments
8534 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8086 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
8041 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7941 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
7733 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
7708 That Day
7579 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7423 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7389 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7369 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7332 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
7129 The Earth
6909 Cripples And Other Stories
6886 The Wedding Ring Dance
6885 The Civil War
6800 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
6693 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6638 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6375 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
5992 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5987 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
5822 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5772 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
5677 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 92 Comments
5622 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5572 The Angel Food Dogs
5549 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
5524 The Consecrating Mother
5394 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
5314 The Exorcists
5237 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5221 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5022 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4837 The Expatriates
4754 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 168 Comments
4742 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4321 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4260 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4237 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3624 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3271 The Errand
3243 Live
3043 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 96 Comments
2993 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2805 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
2681 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
2210 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 296 Comments
2131 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
1985 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 104 Comments
1941 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 274 Comments
1766 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 228 Comments
1704 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 94 Comments
1687 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
1683 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 65 Comments
1569 Frenzy
1512 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
1399 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 289 Comments
1381 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1243 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
1164 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
1139 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 364 Comments
1094 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1088 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
1071 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
919 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 251 Comments
871 Going Gone
840 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
839 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
808 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
775 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
764 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
753 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
697 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
663 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
631 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 267 Comments
630 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
621 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 331 Comments
615 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
605 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
597 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
593 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
579 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
569 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 204 Comments
567 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
530 Us
530 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 501 Comments
508 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
493 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
483 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
480 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
456 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 441 Comments
448 Knee Song
440 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
435 The Lost Ingredient
412 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
360 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
354 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
342 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
337 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
316 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
260 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
198 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
186 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 10 Comments
174 Again and Again and Again
168 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
155 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
145 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 74 Comments
123 The Children
122 August 8th
30 Small Wire
12 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 512 Comments
4 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 687 Comments
3 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments


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