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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
55475 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 465 Comments
28275 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
28051 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 227 Comments
27174 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 498 Comments
25881 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
24638 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 497 Comments
23385 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 281 Comments
19261 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
19220 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 72 Comments
18589 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
18341 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 245 Comments
18300 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
17346 The Touch
17243 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
17039 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
17025 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
16862 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
16266 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
16105 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 253 Comments
15801 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 248 Comments
14752 Rumpelstiltskin
14585 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
14392 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
13992 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 50 Comments
13926 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
13668 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
13471 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
13076 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12953 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 42 Comments
12804 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 450 Comments
12770 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12574 Lullaby
12545 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12515 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12304 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
12210 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
11969 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11875 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
11602 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 243 Comments
11211 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
11168 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 30 Comments
11117 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
11114 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 59 Comments
10991 The Gold Key Comments and analysis of The Gold Key by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
10800 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10388 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10296 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
10074 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
10037 The Big Heart
9563 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9425 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
9337 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
9298 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
9109 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
9046 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8888 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
8882 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
8750 Knee Song
8662 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
8611 With Mercy For The Greedy
8604 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
8558 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
8505 Wallflower
8368 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8334 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8229 Raccoon
8164 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 37 Comments
8129 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8102 August 8th
7766 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
7344 That Day
7311 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7255 The Fury Of Sunsets Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunsets by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7160 The Children
7052 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
7042 It Is A Spring Afternoon Comments and analysis of It Is A Spring Afternoon by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
6939 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
6928 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6830 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 52 Comments
6809 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
6665 The Earth
6555 The Wedding Ring Dance
6483 The Civil War
6417 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
6399 Cripples And Other Stories
6327 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6315 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
5982 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
5663 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5592 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
5462 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
5363 Crossing The Atlantic Comments and analysis of Crossing The Atlantic by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5311 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5301 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5258 The Angel Food Dogs
5238 The Consecrating Mother
5123 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
4934 The Exorcists
4894 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
4855 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
4546 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4452 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4450 The Expatriates
3995 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
3993 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
3924 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 71 Comments
3906 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3484 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
3354 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2942 The Errand
2838 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 141 Comments
2275 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 238 Comments
2021 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1676 Live
1674 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
1544 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 302 Comments
1303 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 481 Comments
1191 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 92 Comments
1136 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
1101 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
1031 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 20 Comments
992 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 62 Comments
948 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
939 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 211 Comments
903 Frenzy
893 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
853 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
851 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 266 Comments
641 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
627 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
587 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
553 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 53 Comments
481 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 19 Comments
468 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 268 Comments
448 Going Gone
441 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
433 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
397 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
369 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
251 Small Wire
218 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
199 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 12 Comments
174 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 71 Comments
122 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
101 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 470 Comments
91 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 321 Comments
78 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
73 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 39 Comments
72 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 664 Comments
66 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
60 Old Comments and analysis of Old by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
53 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 316 Comments
52 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
48 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 252 Comments
45 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
44 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 196 Comments
42 The Lost Ingredient
41 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
39 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 24 Comments
37 Us
37 Again and Again and Again
36 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 51 Comments
34 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 41 Comments
33 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
33 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
33 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
30 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
25 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
22 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 438 Comments
15 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 81 Comments
4 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 5 Comments


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