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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
60874 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 506 Comments
30301 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
30197 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
29012 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 518 Comments
27692 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
26400 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 530 Comments
24909 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 309 Comments
21085 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
20270 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 83 Comments
20197 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
19686 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
19654 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 281 Comments
18496 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
18243 The Touch
18207 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 33 Comments
17921 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
17636 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 270 Comments
17236 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 255 Comments
16610 Rumpelstiltskin
15475 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
15309 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
15119 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 60 Comments
14794 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
14218 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 471 Comments
13854 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
13668 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
13463 Lullaby
13435 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
13413 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
13409 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
13340 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
13335 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
13181 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
13006 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12292 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
12248 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11926 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 32 Comments
11859 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
11597 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
11434 The Big Heart
11396 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11282 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
11167 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
10479 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
10458 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
10294 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
10154 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
10038 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
9705 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
9601 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
9584 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
9496 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9318 Wallflower
9296 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
9053 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9043 Raccoon
9027 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8877 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8713 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
8656 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8633 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
8028 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
7983 That Day
7715 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7712 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7586 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 102 Comments
7456 The Earth
7198 The Civil War
7144 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
7133 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
7126 The Wedding Ring Dance
6953 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6755 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
6488 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 170 Comments
6358 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
6286 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
6188 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 16 Comments
6151 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6139 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
5951 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
5936 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5860 The Angel Food Dogs
5801 The Consecrating Mother
5648 The Exorcists
5560 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
5513 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5300 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5155 The Expatriates
4973 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4645 Live
4643 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 97 Comments
4608 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
4536 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
4526 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3928 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 74 Comments
3842 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3824 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3562 The Errand
3335 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 330 Comments
3113 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 102 Comments
2867 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
2810 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 278 Comments
2427 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 309 Comments
2406 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
2351 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
2336 Small Wire
2218 Frenzy
2124 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 256 Comments
2027 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 295 Comments
1898 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
1845 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1825 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
1804 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
1794 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 505 Comments
1778 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 26 Comments
1760 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 22 Comments
1590 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 444 Comments
1383 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1305 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
1271 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1267 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 268 Comments
1264 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 48 Comments
1255 Going Gone
1188 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
1170 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1098 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1096 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1072 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1058 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1052 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
1051 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 205 Comments
1047 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
1014 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 46 Comments
994 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
974 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
931 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
913 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 31 Comments
890 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
884 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
880 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
880 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
868 Us
867 Knee Song
796 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
773 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 690 Comments
750 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
710 With Mercy For The Greedy
709 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
661 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
656 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 76 Comments
596 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
586 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 236 Comments
581 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
568 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 11 Comments
567 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
557 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
550 Again and Again and Again
459 August 8th
453 The Children
434 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
406 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 364 Comments
401 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 522 Comments
393 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
350 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
332 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
298 The Lost Ingredient
288 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
262 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 26 Comments
210 Cripples And Other Stories
177 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 341 Comments
90 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 117 Comments
43 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 3 Comments


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