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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
31387 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 257 Comments
31226 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
28483 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
27478 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 541 Comments
26136 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 313 Comments
21090 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 95 Comments
20822 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
20382 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 293 Comments
19102 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
19016 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
18780 The Touch
18647 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 272 Comments
18620 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
18020 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 257 Comments
16151 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
16094 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
15999 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
15501 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
15264 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 483 Comments
14439 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
14248 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
14179 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 74 Comments
14080 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
14074 Lullaby
13900 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13868 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13748 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
13026 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
12726 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
12475 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
12375 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
11949 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11819 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
11332 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
11112 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
11065 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 27 Comments
10923 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
10798 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
10374 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
10332 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
10317 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 26 Comments
10175 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
10030 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9781 Wallflower
9624 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9620 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9600 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 80 Comments
9501 Raccoon
9073 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
8710 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 177 Comments
8393 That Day
8246 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
8185 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7964 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
7917 The Earth
7721 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7666 The Civil War
7624 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7523 The Wedding Ring Dance
7356 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
7048 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
6889 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
6880 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6662 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
6562 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6474 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6373 The Angel Food Dogs
6366 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
6193 The Consecrating Mother
6051 The Exorcists
5973 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5860 The Expatriates Comments and analysis of The Expatriates by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5726 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5454 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5066 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4994 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4950 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4446 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
4350 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 338 Comments
4266 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 108 Comments
4225 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3994 The Errand Comments and analysis of The Errand by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3493 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
3070 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 303 Comments
2854 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 318 Comments
2810 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
2745 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
2741 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 508 Comments
2528 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
2463 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
2262 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
2211 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2150 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 449 Comments
2142 Small Wire
2075 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 271 Comments
2053 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
2048 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
2041 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
2036 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
2019 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
1937 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
1858 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 210 Comments
1831 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1794 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
1746 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1745 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
1705 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1626 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 698 Comments
1597 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 80 Comments
1577 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1545 With Mercy For The Greedy Comments and analysis of With Mercy For The Greedy by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1501 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
1483 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
1467 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
1441 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1431 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 529 Comments
1426 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
1333 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
1329 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1278 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 241 Comments
1266 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1253 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
1225 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1188 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 69 Comments
1180 Live
1160 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 102 Comments
1151 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
1151 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
1095 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 123 Comments
1091 Again and Again and Again
1072 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 519 Comments
1061 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
1057 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1039 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1015 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
992 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
974 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
944 August 8th
936 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 84 Comments
912 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
897 The Children
892 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
874 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
869 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
807 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 367 Comments
775 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
746 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
733 The Lost Ingredient
713 Cripples And Other Stories
711 Frenzy
699 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 61 Comments
696 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 113 Comments
636 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 280 Comments
620 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 526 Comments
563 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
538 Knee Song
532 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
511 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
509 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 258 Comments
508 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
499 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
491 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
466 Rumpelstiltskin
444 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
427 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
401 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 344 Comments
387 Us
364 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
326 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
292 The Big Heart
268 Going Gone
251 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 22 Comments


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