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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
56714 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 470 Comments
28717 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
28483 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 229 Comments
27555 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 505 Comments
26248 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
24998 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 499 Comments
23674 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 285 Comments
19440 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
19422 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
18805 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
18748 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
18606 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
17515 The Touch
17460 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
17415 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
17241 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
17051 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
16575 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
16349 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
15983 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
15207 Rumpelstiltskin
14819 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14603 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
14185 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
14146 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
13902 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
13867 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 69 Comments
13234 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13110 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
13058 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 451 Comments
12931 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12752 Lullaby
12709 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12700 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12694 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
12476 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
12393 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
12250 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12178 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12057 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 244 Comments
11406 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
11356 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
11293 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
11245 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 59 Comments
11169 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
10927 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10584 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10485 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
10386 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10340 The Big Heart
9716 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9624 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
9516 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
9493 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
9346 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
9309 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
9077 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
9015 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
8847 With Mercy For The Greedy
8846 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
8819 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8720 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8677 Wallflower
8506 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8452 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8396 Raccoon
8324 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 41 Comments
8280 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8246 August 8th
7875 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7559 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7521 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7471 That Day
7289 The Children
7262 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7180 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7163 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
7067 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7044 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6960 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6868 The Earth
6685 The Wedding Ring Dance
6609 The Civil War
6566 Cripples And Other Stories
6538 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
6446 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6439 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6107 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
5792 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5729 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
5632 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
5550 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5471 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5406 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5369 The Angel Food Dogs
5330 The Consecrating Mother
5269 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
5069 The Exorcists
5041 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5007 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
4731 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4589 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
4576 The Expatriates
4539 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4477 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
4128 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4091 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4016 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3545 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 146 Comments
3452 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3074 The Errand
2966 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 239 Comments
2539 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2491 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 274 Comments
2150 Live
2141 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 309 Comments
2071 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
1640 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 489 Comments
1549 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1484 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 94 Comments
1448 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 81 Comments
1399 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 256 Comments
1267 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
1247 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
1232 Small Wire
1231 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 214 Comments
1192 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
1128 Frenzy
1115 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1058 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1033 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
879 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
831 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
773 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 75 Comments
754 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
730 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
615 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
591 Going Gone
559 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
557 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
537 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
497 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
490 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
476 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 328 Comments
454 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
443 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 480 Comments
403 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 672 Comments
354 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
287 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
257 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
257 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 322 Comments
256 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
255 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
254 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
252 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
241 Us
238 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
232 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 196 Comments
226 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
222 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
214 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
209 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 438 Comments
204 Again and Again and Again
197 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
183 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
178 The Lost Ingredient
168 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
150 Knee Song
150 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
139 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
135 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
127 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments


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