The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton

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From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems form her last years.

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Overview

From the joy and anguish of her own experience, Sexton fashioned poems that told truths about the inner lives of men and women. This book comprises Sexton's ten volumes of verse, including the Pulitzer Prize-winner Live or Die, as well as seven poems form her last years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395957769
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 251,647
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    I'm surprised there aren't more reviews on here

    I read The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton for a college poetry class. We read about seven books total and this was by far my favorite. She couragously breaks new ground with her work and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967. This book is ten volumes of confessional poetry where Sexton is deeply personal about herself & women in general. This includes all of her published work and even poems published posthumously. There is a strong feminism to it but it is also a book for men. Sexton fills her poems with a powerful, emotional voice that leave you with a sense of rawness and edge and reality. They are also full of great imagery and metaphoric leaps that will make your imagination spin going full speed while reading these poems. The chronological organization tells a story itself of Sexton's life and is in a sense a sort of autobiography. Each volume has it's own theme, my favorites being Transformations and The Angry Rowing Toward God. The earlier poems are stunning with practically perfect rhyme schemes and rhythms. The Transformation poems (twisted fairy tales) emit a dark, wicked humor. The later poems, as she comes nearer to the end of her life, have more of a blunt feel and are very casual and conversational. But throughout the whole book, Sexton appeals through a truthful, explicit, and naked honesty. She tells stories of struggles with spirituality, madness, depression, the body, and family. Sexton explores her own inner psyche in a way that many women and men can relate. She has a way of making it okay to be delicately sweet and angrily crude within the same poem. She is not afraid to explore the taboo and she finds the words to write about what most other people can't even find the words to think about. I recommend this book to you if you are interested in poetry at all. My personal favorite poems are '45 Mercy Street', 'Briar Rose', and 'Riding the Elevator Into the Sky'. I suggest you read these poems and find your own favorites.

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  • Posted December 14, 2010

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    Highly Recommend.

    Another great Anne Sexton work. Beautiful and haunting works. Deserves a permanent place on any word lover's book shelf. I intend of reading her other works following my finishing this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    A Beautiful Crazy Cooky Genius Mind

    For someone with so severe a mental illness she is shockingly unwhiney.Some are funny. Even better for me at least is she reveals uncliche spiritual insight.The only thing I did'nt like was the free spirit sexuality of some of her poems but some of that was mind opening too.Worth your time in my opinon.For teenagers and adults

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

    she is incredible - I highly recommend

    this is a must have book for your collection. She is incredible and share my heart!

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    One of the Best!!

    For women and people dealing with emotional issues/past. This is an excellent read and the best collection of this authors work.

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