Anne Sexton





Anne Sexton

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born
in Newton, Massachusetts, The United States
November 09, 1928

died
October 04, 1974

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Anne Sexton once told a journalist that her fans thought she got better, but actually, she just became a poet. These words are characteristic of a talented poet that received therapy for years, but committed suicide in spite of this. The poetry fed her art, but it also imprisoned her in a way.

Her parents didn’t expect much of her academically, and after completing her schooling at Rogers Hall, she went to a finishing school in Boston. Anne met her husband, Kayo (Alfred Muller Sexton II), in 1948 by correspondence. Her mother advised her to elope after she thought she might be pregnant. Anne and Kayo got married in 1948 in North Carolina where it was still possible to get married before the age of 18. After the honeymoon Kayo started workin...more


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Selected Poems
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Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrai...
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Love Poems
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Live or Die
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The Awful Rowing Toward God
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 390 ratings — published 1975 — 3 editions
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To Bedlam and Part Way Back
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The Death Notebooks
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More books by Anne Sexton…
“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