Anne Sexton

Anne Sexton
Anne Sexton did not start writing poetry seriously until she was nearly 30, when the deaths of her parents and frustration with her role as a housewife and mother opened the floodgates of her creativity. Expressions of mental, emotional and physical affliction recur often in her work, which can be shocking in its extremity and graphic description: poetry, she believed “should almost hurt.” Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, and other confessional poets influenced her work.

What People are Saying

"I learned just how much deeper your understanding of a poem is when you memorize it than when you just read it a couple of times, and how you understand it a little better every single time you recite it."
Alex Hanesworth
2015 WA POL Champion