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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton

Selected Poems of Anne Sexton

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by Linda Gray Sexton (Editor), Anne Sexton, Diana Hume George (Editor)

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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.


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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"The editors of this Selected Poems have carefully chipped away at the block of marble and revealed the true figure of Sexton's work: haunted, plaintive, raucous, as often exuberantly witty as it is afflicted." -- J. D. McClatchy "This selected edition of Sexton's poems, arranged chronologically and enhanced by an insightful introduction, will make her work accessible not only to students but to readers everywhere." -- Maxine Kumin
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Sexton claimed that poetry kept her alive through periods of suicidal self-hatred, and indeed her poetry started as therapy, a means suggested by her psychiatrist of documenting the unspeakable. This volume contains selections, many of them familiar, from her eight books. Despite professional success, she continued to suffer, but her work does more than document the pain that finally led to alcohol addiction and suicide. Labeled confessional, she preferred to be called a storyteller, often adopting a persona: ``Like Oedipus I am losing my sight./Like Judas I have done my wrong.'' Much of the early poetry was workshop-influenced, but Sexton's music as well as her intensity and good ear ultimately come through. Rosaly De Maios Roffman, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Indiana
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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton draws from poet Sexton's ten published works of poems as well as from her last pieces to provide a fine introduction and overview to her best works. The editors reveal a wide range of styles and themes and provide new readers with a definitive overview. Highly recommended.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Anne Sexton (1928-1974), the author of ten collections of poems, received the Pulitzer Prize in 1967.

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Selected Poems of Anne Sexton 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PlayFreek More than 1 year ago
This is a must-have for lovers of poetry and lovers of language. Anne Sexton makes it look so easy, but don't be fooled. It is an intricate web she's weaving, mastering traditional forms, forging new ones, and challenging conventional topics (who is so bold to have titles like "Menstruation at Forty" and "The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator"?). It is her love of words and relentless excavation into her own personal pile of grievances which makes this collection so compelling and devastating and unforgettable. She also has a sly sense of humor which is a nice balance. It is almost like having Anne in the living room with you, reclining on the couch, legs outstretched, a cigarette in one hand, the book in the other, Anne shouting or whispering (depending on the poem) in that sensual irresistible voice of hers, and you just drinking it up like fine wine. Another fine treat is Anne's take on treasured fairy tales. Really the only regret about reading this book is that there isn't more to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolultely astonishing. Before I read this book of poems, I can honestly say I'd never indulged in anything more beautiful in my life. These poems could make you happy, sad, angry, sexually awakened, motivated, go into a deep depression, or pray to God, just to ask how his day was.