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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
57051 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 474 Comments
28893 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
28658 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 230 Comments
27690 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 512 Comments
26380 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
25146 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 508 Comments
23761 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 288 Comments
19521 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
19499 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 73 Comments
18886 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
18732 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
17589 The Touch
17571 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
17560 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
17323 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
17139 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
16452 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 261 Comments
16082 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 251 Comments
15451 Rumpelstiltskin
14910 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14696 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
14273 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
14224 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
14092 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
13932 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 71 Comments
13295 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13169 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
13157 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 453 Comments
13032 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12827 Lullaby
12786 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12773 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12765 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
12538 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
12502 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
12280 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12219 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 245 Comments
11498 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
11478 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
11354 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
11248 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
10982 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10668 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10577 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 48 Comments
10523 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10472 The Big Heart
9795 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9711 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
9593 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
9585 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
9532 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
9383 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 27 Comments
9159 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
9076 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
8972 With Mercy For The Greedy
8915 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
8894 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8792 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8747 Wallflower
8581 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8505 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8473 Raccoon
8397 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 42 Comments
8359 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8324 August 8th
7928 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
7667 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7613 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7533 That Day
7350 The Children
7348 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7276 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
7258 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7145 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7125 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7056 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
6951 The Earth
6752 The Wedding Ring Dance
6680 The Civil War
6639 Cripples And Other Stories
6619 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6501 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6490 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6191 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
5850 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
5790 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
5631 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5546 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5465 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5425 The Angel Food Dogs
5383 The Consecrating Mother
5342 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
5162 The Exorcists
5109 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5072 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
4874 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 81 Comments
4790 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4671 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
4654 The Expatriates
4598 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4194 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4149 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4066 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3777 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 154 Comments
3503 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3141 The Errand
2675 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2343 Live
2279 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 318 Comments
2230 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
1766 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 86 Comments
1722 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1584 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 95 Comments
1569 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 260 Comments
1476 Small Wire
1362 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 217 Comments
1358 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
1331 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
1276 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
1246 Frenzy
1205 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
1154 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1113 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 274 Comments
1001 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 81 Comments
990 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
890 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 6 Comments
841 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
810 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
689 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
667 Going Gone
641 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
640 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
625 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
625 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 335 Comments
624 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
583 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 675 Comments
551 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
534 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
431 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
364 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
361 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
358 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
358 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 323 Comments
355 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
352 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 258 Comments
336 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 28 Comments
334 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
312 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 200 Comments
308 Us
303 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
291 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
289 Again and Again and Again
285 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
283 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
281 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
274 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 439 Comments
262 The Lost Ingredient
249 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
241 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
221 Knee Song
209 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
199 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
199 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
190 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
77 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 286 Comments
59 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 243 Comments
41 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 487 Comments
40 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
19 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
14 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 497 Comments
12 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 61 Comments


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