Anne Sexton

(9 November 1928 – 4 October 1974 / Newton, Massachusetts)

Anne Sexton
Do you like this poet?
1063 person liked.
225 person did not like.


an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967. Themes of her poetry include her suicidal tendencies, long battle against depression and various intimate details from her private life, including her relationships with her husband and children.

Early Life and Family

Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life near Boston. In 1945, Sexton began attending a boarding school, Rogers Hall, in Lowell, Massachusetts. For a time as a young woman, she modeled at Boston's Hart Agency. She eloped in 1948 with Alfred Muller Sexton, known as 'Kayo.' Before their divorce in the early 1970s, ... more »

Click here to add this poet to your My Favorite Poets.


Quotations

more quotations »
  • ''“As it has been said:
    Love and a cough
    cannot be concealed.
    Even a small cough.
    Even a small love.”''
    Anne Sexton
  • ''“Watch out for intellect,
    because it knows so much it knows nothing
    and leaves you hanging upside down,
    mouthing knowledge as your heart
    falls out of your mouth.” ''
    Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems
  • ''“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” ''
    Anne Sexton
  • “Anne, I dont want to live. . . . Now listen, life is lovely, but I Cant Live It. I cant even explain. I know how silly it sounds . . . but if you knew how it Felt. To be alive, yes, alive, but not be...
    Anne Sexton, Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters
  • ''“As for me, I am a watercolor.
    I wash off.” ''
    Anne Sexton
Read more quotations »

Comments about Anne Sexton

more comments »
---
  • Ellie (5/11/2018 2:54:00 PM)

    I loved it ❤️❤️🧡🧡💛💛💚💚💙💙💜💜💞💓💗❣️💕💖💘💝💟

  • Buttetflly (5/1/2018 11:37:00 AM)

    Great poems

  • Jon Holloway Jon Holloway (4/7/2018 4:25:00 PM)

    I had to read it several times but it sunk in nicely. I may have to read it again.

  • Gulzar Hussain ranjoor (3/29/2018 12:44:00 AM)

    Your poetry is heart touching

  • sexton (2/21/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    dude her poems are so deep and some are very relatable in a lot of situations in my life

  • World level poet gulxar hussain ranjoor (1/22/2018 6:23:00 AM)

    Like your poems

  • Anne Sexton (11/30/2017 5:48:00 AM)

    She was fucking mental but I love her.

  • Russ B (11/23/2016 5:27:00 AM)

    Some people can be extremely judgemental and by being so miss entirely the whole point of the bigger picture. Anne Sexton was a brilliant poet and wrote many excellent pieces of poetry and at close of day it is the poetry that really matters.

  • Stephen W (7/27/2016 5:34:00 AM)

    Read her bio. She was a crazy person. They say she is 'modern model of a poet. This is very sad. Poetry does not have to be about madness. Lunacy is what it is. It's not poetic, just horrible suffering.

  • Lindsay Macdonald (2/7/2016 1:06:00 PM)

    Her words are simply breathtaking. It is confessionalism, said plainly in its truest form without ever being meaningless.

Read all 21 comments »
Best Poem of Anne Sexton

After Auschwitz

Anger,
as black as a hook,
overtakes me.
Each day,
each Nazi
took, at 8: 00 A.M., a baby
and sauteed him for breakfast
in his frying pan.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and picks at the dirt under his fingernail.

Man is evil,
I say aloud.
Man is a flower
that should be burnt,
I say aloud.
Man
is a bird full of mud,
I say aloud.

And death looks on with a casual eye
and scratches his anus.

Man with his small pink toes,
with his miraculous fingers
is not a temple
but an outhouse,
I say ...

Read the full of After Auschwitz
[Report Error]