Selected Poems

Selected Poems This selection which is drawn from Anne Sexton s ten published volumes of poems as well as from representative early and last work is an ideal introduction to a great American poet

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: Anne Sexton Diane Wood Middlebrook Diana Hume George
  • ISBN: 9780618057047
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
  • Selected Poems

    This selection, which is drawn from Anne Sexton s ten published volumes of poems as well as from representative early and last work, is an ideal introduction to a great American poet.

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    1. Brina

      Anne Sexton is considered both a religious and feminist poet, a product of her upbringing and the era in which she lived. Born in 1928 outside of Boston to descendants of Puritans, Sexton was the oldest daughter in a deeply Christian family. Although her family may have expected more from her, Sexton exhibited that she wanted to write poetry from a young age. Until she committed suicide in 1974, Sexton achieved her goal of being one of the nation's premier poet laureates, winning the Pulitzer fo [...]

    2. Andy

      Fasten your seat belts, boys, it's going to be a bumpy ride!I knew very little about Anne Sexton before getting into this outstanding compilation of her work. This is the most wicked and damned woman in the history of poetry and no one will ever come close - forget about Patti Smith, Sexton knew she was doomed from birth and she's crawling down the mountain to tell you all about it. There are poems about the miracle of birth, with the twist that she's giving the baby away for adoption as soon as [...]

    3. мини тяло

      Ан Секстън, която пише за болката биографично, не просто лично. Ан Секстън, която излиза да чете пред публика, събува си токчетата, запалва цигара, дългата ѝ рокля замита пода. Ан Секстън, която започва да пише, за да се лекува. Ан Секстън, която говори за смъртта, самоубийство [...]

    4. Mcatania21

      According to Webb’s definition, a poet's voice consists of four major, mutually- influencing components: diction, subject matter, temperament, and style of thought.Anne Sexton’s writing style is brutally honest, even desperate at times. She seems to be writing poetry from a confessional standpoint, but also one of psychoanalysis, writing poetry is also a way of trying to cure her own madness, but as I read, I wonder if her words exacerbate her illness? Suicide for her is a deep “desire,” [...]

    5. Kirsten

      Dear Anne Sexton,Thank you for your muscular rhythms, your anger, your narratives, your clear-eyed and unromantic views of mothering and sex and familial wounds. Your poems aren't always consistent, but your persona is consistently fascinating. Above all, it seems sincere. Thank you for your uncomfortable confessions; your sadness; your unerring descriptive powers. Thank you, too, for your honesty. Especially for that.Sincerely,This Reader

    6. John Orman

      Before Ms. Sexton committed suicide in 1974, she left quite a legacy of poetry. She was a rarity in the literary field--a popular poet in the 1960's and 1970's. She is described as one of the 20th century's most original religious poets.I especially liked this excerpt from Anne's poem "In Excelsis" describing her experience "confronting ocean" at the beach:here where the abyssthrows itself on the sandblow by blowover and overand we stand on the shoreloving its pulseas it swallows the starsand ha [...]

    7. cara

      "She thinks she can warn the stars."Definite favourites:— Her Kind— Young— The Starry Night— The Abortion— In the Deep Museum— From the Garden— The Black Art

    8. Menna Kh.

      Confessional poetry at its best.One can only sympathize with her confessions yet glorify her great sense of ability to weave magic through words.After reading her poems (or some of them) I felt that she's a friend of mine that I can't have enough of her words.Amazing book.

    9. Ahmad Sharabiani

      I see your eyes,Lifting their tents.They are blue stones,They begin to outgrow moss.You Blink in surpriseAnd I wounder what you can see.

    10. Althea J.

      Anne Sexton's poems are windows into who she was. Her poetry was labeled "confessional" which I find a bit condescending as a term, but apt as a description. She lays herself bare, and in doing so, reveals truths of the human experience. At least, the poems that most resonated with me are ones that paint insights into some of my own truths. About the nature of memory and faith, life that is illuminated by death, our capacity to love, about the essence of creativity.All My Pretty Onesyoutube/watc [...]

    11. D'Anne

      This is a good "intro" book for anyone who wants to read more of Anne Sexton's work. She wrote some amazing stuff, including one of my all time favorite poems, "Letter Written on a Ferry While Crossing Long Island Sound." That poem was published in To Bedlam and Part Way Back which came out in 1960. In 1967 she won the Pulitzer Prize for Live or Die. In my opinion, her work declined pretty steadily after that until her suicide in 1974. In fact, reading this book straight through (it is arranged [...]

    12. Katie

      I'm sort of in the midst of a love affair with Anne Sexton. I've never seen a poet's work change so much through the course of his/her's life. One minute I'm reading something graceful and funny, and then all of a sudden, maybe but five years later in her career, grim and completely hopeless. The beautiful and tragic part of her is how accurate these transitions are in regards to one's own experience, and for me, the genius of Sexton isn't that her poetry is all that compelling (though it's incr [...]

    13. Tara

      I RememberBy the first of Augustthe invisible beetles beganto snore and the grass wasas tough as hemp and wasno color—no more thanthe sand was a color andwe had worn our bare feetbare since the twentiethof June and there were timeswe forgot to wind up youralarm clock and some nightswe took our gin warm and neatfrom old jelly glasses whilethe sun blew out of sightlike a red picture hat andone day I tied my hair backwith a ribbon and you saidthat I looked almost likea puritan lady and whatI reme [...]

    14. Katherine

      The confessional school of poetry gets a bad rap. Most poets openly deride it thinking it unsophisticated and formally uninteresting. It is (in my opinion) essentially a reaction to modernism in American poetry. It isn't sculptural or remote and that is part of its allure. Anne Sexton isn't as well known as Robert Lowell or Sylvia Plath, but that does not mean her work is any less relevant. Sexton's poems are intense, dark, and well crafted.They are manically beautiful. Even if you hate the conf [...]

    15. Lisa

      I can't believe I haven't read Sexton (except for the anthologized poems) until now. I found myself thinking about Plath a lot, especially when Sexton had poems about suicide using images from the Holocaust or father poems. Sexton's use of form seems different, though (can't put my finger on why), and her later poems have a sort of maturity that I guess Plath's didn't get the chance to have. After reading its brief selections, I wanted to read one of her last collections, "The Awful Rowing Towa [...]

    16. Clelia

      One of my favorites: The Starry NightThe town does not existexcept where one black-haired tree slipsup like a drowned woman into the hot sky.The town is silent. The night boils with eleven stars.Oh starry starry night! This is howI want to die.It moves. They are all alive.Even the moon bulges in its orange ironsto push children, like a god, from its eye.The old unseen serpent swallows up the stars.Oh starry starry night! This is how I want to die:into that rushing beast of the night,sucked up by [...]

    17. Brian

      On my second time through this volume, I find myself wishing I could have been there at one of her live readings"And I/ see you as a young girl in a good world still,/ writing three generations before mine. I try/ to reach into your page and breathe it back/ but life is a trick, life is a kitten in a sack."

    18. Mary Catherine

      I love it. Very Inspiring and thought provoking. Many of them prompted me to pick up my pen and write. Not poetry, but prose. I think it is a must read for female writers and I highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys poetry. Though, Sylvia is still my favorite female autobiographical or confessional poet of that time.

    19. Bryce Emley

      this was a loose 4. some of the poems i thought were kind of bad, but that may be because i'm not smart enough to get them. otherwise there's enough brilliant stuff to even it out to four stars on some guy's .

    20. angela

      i fucking love this woman. there are times i fear for my future children that i may bite their little cherub heads away from their fat necks and eat their insides. but as any good mother would, i'd surely sing to them as sweetly possible before their greasy eye lights went out.

    21. lee lee

      many people say sexton is not a good as poet as plath; but i really like her work. too much to write herei'm planning on writing a critical essay about either her self-portrait poems or her poems about grief. if i ever do, i will post in in the "my writing" section. :)

    22. Rachel

      Sexton is a powerhouse of rich and deep thoughts and feelings. Her poems are mostly lovely and always evocative. There's a lot of pain here, but also plenty of light and sweet memories. Pay close attention to the rhyme schemes--I've never seen anyone do rhyme so deftly I don't notice it.

    23. Sue Adel

      Definitely she's one of the few perfect people I've read to.Confessional poetry at it's finest form.Her poems are full of feelings and so expressive , loved it to the very last word.

    24. Kajsa

      Jag har ännu inte läst varenda rad av Sextons poesi, men kommer ändå påstå att hon är en av mina favoritpoeter. Det handlar också om ljudet - hur det låter när hon läser sina egna texter. Poesin läser jag helst på originalspråk just därför.

    25. jay moran

      After gobbling up everything there was to do with Sylvia Plath during my college years, I found myself searching for other writers who she knew or who inspired her own writing, such as Dylan Thomas (whom she very much admired) and, of course, Anne Sexton. Her poetry hits a tender, sore part of your soul, striking tirelessly, and this collection published by Virago will always be important to me as I can remember vividly carrying this book home with me on the bus, dunking in and out of the poems, [...]

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