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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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53346 The Starry Night Comments and analysis of The Starry Night by Anne Sexton 67 Comments
42778 Her Kind Comments and analysis of Her Kind by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
37064 The Abortion Comments and analysis of The Abortion by Anne Sexton 111 Comments
34874 Suicide Note Comments and analysis of Suicide Note by Anne Sexton 90 Comments
27221 Doctors Comments and analysis of Doctors by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
27078 Admonitions To A Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions To A Special Person by Anne Sexton 17 Comments
26524 Killing The Love Comments and analysis of Killing The Love by Anne Sexton 100 Comments
25818 Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) Comments and analysis of Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty) by Anne Sexton 21 Comments
25288 Sylvia's Death Comments and analysis of Sylvia's Death by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
23992 Anna Who Was Mad Comments and analysis of Anna Who Was Mad by Anne Sexton 93 Comments
22877 "Daddy" Warbucks Comments and analysis of 74 Comments
18872 Angels Of The Love Affair Comments and analysis of Angels Of The Love Affair by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
18872 Wanting To Die Comments and analysis of Wanting To Die by Anne Sexton 29 Comments
18743 All My Pretty Ones Comments and analysis of All My Pretty Ones by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
18733 Red Roses Comments and analysis of Red Roses by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
18087 The Nude Swim Comments and analysis of The Nude Swim by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
17866 Baby Picture Comments and analysis of Baby Picture by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
17753 The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator Comments and analysis of The Ballad Of The Lonely Masturbator by Anne Sexton 110 Comments
16898 The Touch
16796 I Remember Comments and analysis of I Remember by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
16767 Barefoot Comments and analysis of Barefoot by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
16616 Buying The Whore Comments and analysis of Buying The Whore by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
16407 Cockroach Comments and analysis of Cockroach by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
16347 The Break Comments and analysis of The Break by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
15623 Hurry Up Please It's Time Comments and analysis of Hurry Up Please It's Time by Anne Sexton 34 Comments
15565 Just Once Comments and analysis of Just Once by Anne Sexton 56 Comments
15414 When Man Enters Woman Comments and analysis of When Man Enters Woman by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
14843 Clothes Comments and analysis of Clothes by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
14218 Rumpelstiltskin
14152 Despair Comments and analysis of Despair by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
13882 As It Was Written Comments and analysis of As It Was Written by Anne Sexton 37 Comments
13640 The Truth the Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth the Dead Know by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
13491 Demon Comments and analysis of Demon by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
13306 Music Swims Back To Me Comments and analysis of Music Swims Back To Me by Anne Sexton 58 Comments
12728 My Friend, My Friend Comments and analysis of My Friend, My Friend by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
12694 The Witch's Life Comments and analysis of The Witch's Life by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
12636 The Death Baby Comments and analysis of The Death Baby by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
12473 After Auschwitz Comments and analysis of After Auschwitz by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
12245 Lullaby
12244 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 51 Comments
12186 Doors, Doors, Doors Comments and analysis of Doors, Doors, Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
12176 Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward Comments and analysis of Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
11946 Love Letter Written In A Burning Building Comments and analysis of Love Letter Written In A Burning Building by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
11726 The Bells Comments and analysis of The Bells by Anne Sexton 8 Comments
11539 More Than Myself Comments and analysis of More Than Myself by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
11414 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
11218 Us
10838 End, Middle, Beginning Comments and analysis of End, Middle, Beginning by Anne Sexton 35 Comments
10811 The Wifebeater Comments and analysis of The Wifebeater by Anne Sexton 23 Comments
10799 The Truth The Dead Know Comments and analysis of The Truth The Dead Know by Anne Sexton 48 Comments
10780 The Room Of My Life Comments and analysis of The Room Of My Life by Anne Sexton 47 Comments
10756 Lessons In Hunger Comments and analysis of Lessons In Hunger by Anne Sexton 43 Comments
10676 The Gold Key
10628 The Fury Of Cocks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cocks by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
10536 The Fallen Angels Comments and analysis of The Fallen Angels by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9930 For The Year Of The Insane Comments and analysis of For The Year Of The Insane by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9929 Mr. Mine Comments and analysis of Mr. Mine by Anne Sexton 40 Comments
9546 The Big Heart
9322 Elegy In The Classroom Comments and analysis of Elegy In The Classroom by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
9215 The Black Art Comments and analysis of The Black Art by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
9033 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Comments and analysis of The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
9030 Said The Poet To The Analyst Comments and analysis of Said The Poet To The Analyst by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
9012 And One For My Dame Comments and analysis of And One For My Dame by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8705 For God While Sleeping Comments and analysis of For God While Sleeping by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
8669 The Moss Of His Skin Comments and analysis of The Moss Of His Skin by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
8668 Again and Again and Again
8626 Small Wire
8601 Admonitions to a Special Person Comments and analysis of Admonitions to a Special Person by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8584 The Fury Of Abandonment Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Abandonment by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
8524 The Poet Of Ignorance Comments and analysis of The Poet Of Ignorance by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8329 The Inventory Of Goodbye Comments and analysis of The Inventory Of Goodbye by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
8305 Knee Song
8247 The Dead Heart Comments and analysis of The Dead Heart by Anne Sexton 10 Comments
8215 Wallflower
8133 Oh Comments and analysis of Oh by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
8093 Dreaming The Breasts Comments and analysis of Dreaming The Breasts by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
8032 Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn Comments and analysis of Noon Walk On The Asylum Lawn by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
7930 Raccoon
7898 With Mercy For The Greedy
7856 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 30 Comments
7813 The Balance Wheel Comments and analysis of The Balance Wheel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7787 August 8th
7627 The Division Of Parts Comments and analysis of The Division Of Parts by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7556 The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks Comments and analysis of The Author Of The Jesus Papers Speaks by Anne Sexton 36 Comments
7499 The Evil Eye Comments and analysis of The Evil Eye by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
7447 August 17th Comments and analysis of August 17th by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
7093 That Day
6990 Old
6891 The Children
6808 The Fury Of Rainstorms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Rainstorms by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
6797 The Fury Of Sunsets
6788 You, Doctor Martin Comments and analysis of You, Doctor Martin by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6773 Gods Comments and analysis of Gods by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6756 The Doctor Of The Heart Comments and analysis of The Doctor Of The Heart by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
6651 It Is A Spring Afternoon
6619 Elizabeth Gone Comments and analysis of Elizabeth Gone by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6562 Bat Comments and analysis of Bat by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6527 The Death King Comments and analysis of The Death King by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6464 The Fury Of Flowers And Worms Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Flowers And Worms by Anne Sexton 44 Comments
6419 The Earth
6353 The Wedding Ring Dance
6221 The Civil War
6140 The Red Dance Comments and analysis of The Red Dance by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
6104 The Fury Of Beautiful Bones
6092 The Fury Of Sunrises Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sunrises by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
6068 Cripples And Other Stories
5734 Bayonet Comments and analysis of Bayonet by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5412 The Other Comments and analysis of The Other by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
5306 Some Foreign Letters Comments and analysis of Some Foreign Letters by Anne Sexton 7 Comments
5115 Crossing The Atlantic
5077 The Angel Food Dogs
5045 The Consecrating Mother
5037 The Child Bearers Comments and analysis of The Child Bearers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5027 Hornet Comments and analysis of Hornet by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
5023 The Ambition Bird Comments and analysis of The Ambition Bird by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
5013 The Firebombers Comments and analysis of The Firebombers by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4980 The Lost Ingredient
4926 The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man Comments and analysis of The Legend Of The One-Eyed Man by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
4724 The Exorcists
4661 The Fury Of God's Goodbye
4600 In Excelsis Comments and analysis of In Excelsis by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
4338 Where It Was At Back Then Comments and analysis of Where It Was At Back Then by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
4206 The Expatriates
3807 The Fury Of Jewels And Coal
3777 Portrait Of An Old Woman On The College Tavern Wall
3735 The Fury Of Guitars And Sopranos
3720 The Fury Of Cooks Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Cooks by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
3384 The Fury Of Earth Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Earth by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
3172 The Stand-Ins Comments and analysis of The Stand-Ins by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
2780 The Errand
2291 Rowing Comments and analysis of Rowing by Anne Sexton 3 Comments
2152 Young Comments and analysis of Young by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
1898 The Kiss Comments and analysis of The Kiss by Anne Sexton 57 Comments
1727 Cinderella Comments and analysis of Cinderella by Anne Sexton 68 Comments
1126 Courage Comments and analysis of Courage by Anne Sexton 117 Comments
1011 In The Deep Museum Comments and analysis of In The Deep Museum by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
1005 For My Lover, Returning To His Wife Comments and analysis of For My Lover, Returning To His Wife by Anne Sexton 25 Comments
839 Housewife Comments and analysis of Housewife by Anne Sexton 59 Comments
792 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 86 Comments
752 45 Mercy Street Comments and analysis of 45 Mercy Street by Anne Sexton 38 Comments
745 Wanting to Die Comments and analysis of Wanting to Die by Anne Sexton 66 Comments
723 Live
572 The Fury Of Overshoes Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Overshoes by Anne Sexton 5 Comments
539 Ghosts Comments and analysis of Ghosts by Anne Sexton 84 Comments
503 The Addict Comments and analysis of The Addict by Anne Sexton 88 Comments
484 Words Comments and analysis of Words by Anne Sexton 54 Comments
471 Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women Comments and analysis of Cigarettes And Whiskey And Wild, Wild Women by Anne Sexton 55 Comments
450 The Double Image Comments and analysis of The Double Image by Anne Sexton 15 Comments
444 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Comments and analysis of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Anne Sexton 11 Comments
430 Consorting With Angels Comments and analysis of Consorting With Angels by Anne Sexton 14 Comments
407 The Breast Comments and analysis of The Breast by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
404 Frenzy
397 A Curse Against Elegies Comments and analysis of A Curse Against Elegies by Anne Sexton 69 Comments
384 Locked Doors Comments and analysis of Locked Doors by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
379 Rapunzel Comments and analysis of Rapunzel by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
308 The Frog Prince Comments and analysis of The Frog Prince by Anne Sexton 18 Comments
270 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
264 The Break Away Comments and analysis of The Break Away by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
248 Christmas Eve Comments and analysis of Christmas Eve by Anne Sexton 45 Comments
248 Earthworm Comments and analysis of Earthworm by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
246 The Big Boots Of Pain Comments and analysis of The Big Boots Of Pain by Anne Sexton 9 Comments
232 The Evil Seekers Comments and analysis of The Evil Seekers by Anne Sexton 6 Comments
229 The Assassin Comments and analysis of The Assassin by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
217 The Earth Falls Down Comments and analysis of The Earth Falls Down by Anne Sexton 13 Comments
209 Flee On Your Donkey Comments and analysis of Flee On Your Donkey by Anne Sexton 4 Comments
205 The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts Comments and analysis of The Interrogation Of The Man Of Many Hearts by Anne Sexton 49 Comments
196 The Fury Of Sundays Comments and analysis of The Fury Of Sundays by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
194 Going Gone
185 For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach Comments and analysis of For Johnny Pole On The Forgotten Beach by Anne Sexton 2 Comments
167 The Play Comments and analysis of The Play by Anne Sexton 1 Comment
147 The Fury Of Hating Eyes
110 The Fury Of God's Good-bye Comments and analysis of The Fury Of God's Good-bye by Anne Sexton 1 Comment


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