Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
December 16th, 2017 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 327,150 comments.
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

The poems are by default sorted according to volume, but you can also choose to sort them alphabetically or by page views.

Volume | Alphabetically | [Page Views] | Comments | First Lines


Page ViewsPoemComments
31002 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 254 Comments
30922 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
28214 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
27046 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 537 Comments
25735 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 313 Comments
20900 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 94 Comments
20564 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
20180 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 292 Comments
18857 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
18683 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
18587 The Touch
18357 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
18239 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 272 Comments
17769 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 257 Comments
15896 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
15788 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
15700 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 61 Comments
15255 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
14912 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 480 Comments
14223 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
14002 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13861 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
13828 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
13808 Lullaby
13693 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13673 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13403 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12754 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
12433 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
12189 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
12132 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
11721 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11636 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
11067 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
10889 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
10713 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 27 Comments
10594 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
10587 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
10117 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9989 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
9966 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
9897 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
9801 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9611 Wallflower
9361 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9313 Raccoon
9299 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9294 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 80 Comments
8706 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
8235 That Day
8015 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 175 Comments
7994 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7981 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7741 The Earth
7652 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
7474 The Civil War
7453 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7363 The Wedding Ring Dance
7297 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7216 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6707 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
6680 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
6651 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6490 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
6406 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6265 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6189 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
6142 The Angel Food Dogs
6035 The Consecrating Mother
5894 The Exorcists
5818 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5574 The Expatriates
5568 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5250 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4849 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4808 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4801 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4227 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
4076 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3996 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 337 Comments
3957 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 107 Comments
3791 The Errand Comments and analysis of The Errand by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3045 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
2564 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 299 Comments
2504 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 508 Comments
2385 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
2345 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
2308 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
2246 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
1941 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 448 Comments
1865 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1855 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
1816 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1720 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
1720 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
1678 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
1629 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
1571 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
1570 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1558 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
1550 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1491 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1479 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1430 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 209 Comments
1409 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
1353 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1308 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 317 Comments
1297 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
1274 With Mercy For The Greedy Comments and analysis of With Mercy For The Greedy by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1273 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 697 Comments
1257 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 78 Comments
1246 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
1240 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
1212 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
1192 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1103 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1063 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1034 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
991 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
967 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 529 Comments
940 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
909 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
903 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
850 Again and Again and Again
847 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
812 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
788 August 8th
775 Live
738 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
735 The Children
734 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 122 Comments
683 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
677 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
660 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
638 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 240 Comments
635 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 516 Comments
629 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
626 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
570 The Lost Ingredient
568 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
545 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
543 Cripples And Other Stories
511 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
446 Frenzy
415 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
413 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 83 Comments
394 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 366 Comments
357 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 279 Comments
337 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
320 Knee Song
311 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
309 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
300 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 525 Comments
229 Small Wire
225 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 100 Comments
224 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
223 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
220 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
220 Us
218 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
213 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
153 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 112 Comments
149 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 257 Comments
147 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
123 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
88 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
56 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 343 Comments
52 Rumpelstiltskin
47 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
43 Going Gone
37 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
32 The Big Heart


Books by Anne Sexton
Click here for books by Anne Sexton.
Sexton Info


Information
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links