Anne Sexton

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

Anne Sexton
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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 »

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  • ''“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
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  • Charlie puth (10/9/2018 11:01:00 PM)

    Today on things that didnt happen. Marvin is gay

  • Ur mom gay (10/2/2018 8:55:00 AM)

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  • Harlean (9/22/2018 3:32:00 PM)

    She wanted to be Sylvia Plath so bad that it hurt.

  • Cammy Michelson (5/27/2018 9:40:00 AM)

    A beautiful, unsettling work of art. A summary of a tortured and torturing life.

  • Ellie (5/11/2018 2:54:00 PM)

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  • 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

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Best Poem of Anne Sexton

45 Mercy Street

In my dream,
drilling into the marrow
of my entire bone,
my real dream,
I'm walking up and down Beacon Hill
searching for a street sign -
namely MERCY STREET.
Not there.

I try the Back Bay.
Not there.
Not there.
And yet I know the number.
45 Mercy Street.
I know the stained-glass window
of the foyer,
the three flights of the house
with its parquet floors.
I know the furniture and
mother, grandmother, great-grandmother,
the servants.
I know the cupboard of Spode
the boat of ice, solid silver,
where the ...

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