The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton

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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ISBN-13: 9780395957769
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/1999
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 146,402
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.61(d)

About the Author

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

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The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
ShaneParrish More than 1 year ago
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.
RoboJonelle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poetry could possibly be my biggest passion in life and Anne Sexton defiantly gets a lot of credit for making that happen. Her poetry is very well thought out, one can tell it was a big passion of hers as well. The intensity of her words will hit anyone at home, the way she presents her emotions is bone chilling and her underlying feminism shows not only the period she was brought up in but makes you think about how the world really works, even now. I believe anyone can read her poetry and find something to relate to, which is a huge bullet point under the heading "great poet". If you love poetry, or even just great writing, this is something you must own.
Shaksper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of "confessional" poetry, you can't do any better than the soul cry of "dearest Anne." Read it cover to cover if you have the inclination, or dip in at occasion to encounter the mind and voice of a distinctive creative writer.
abirdman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Poetry of hair-raising intensity. These deeply confessional poems give us a glimpse of the world of the mid-twentieth century from the point of view of a tortured, intelligent, privileged, and very articulate woman before feminism had a capital letter. Anne Sexton's portraits of herself as a student, mother, lover, wife, psychiatric patient, and human being, that form nearly an autobiography.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This took me quite a while to get through, although not quite as long as I thought it would. Sexton's poems are raw, immediate, and at times make for painful reading. Also, because they are so confessional and autobiographical, there are times when one feels as those Sexton is speaking in pointed code that will only be understood by those closest to her. Overall, it's an impressive body of work, and my copy of this book is now bristling with slips of paper marking poems I want to return to later.
DawnFinley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you are a longtime fan of Sexton's work or just encountering her for the first time, this is the collection to get. It is nicely printed and relatively comprehensive. Mariner Books has released several reprint editions of her books, many of which had been hard to find. You can collect them all, or just get this one, which is handier to use than the Houghton Mifflin edition.
SilverTounguedCarrie More than 1 year ago
this is a must have book for your collection. She is incredible and share my heart!
twotoneblue More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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