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Anne Sexton

  • American poet
  • Born November 9, 1928
  • Died October 4, 1974

Anne Sexton (November 9, 1928 – October 4, 1974) was an American poet, known for her highly personal, confessional verse. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. Her poetry details her long battle with depression, suicidal tendencies, and various intimate details from her private life, including relationships with her husband and children whom it was later revealed she physically and sexually assaulted.


In a dream you are never eighty.




The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that's saying a lot.




Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.

Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.




It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.




Need is not quite belief.




Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.




Even without wars, life is dangerous.




Live or die, but don't poison everything.




Death's in the good-bye.




God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.

God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.




God owns heaven but He craves the earth.




I am not immortal. Faustus and I are the also-ran.




The joy that isn't shared dies young.

The joy that isn't shared dies young.




Letters are false really - they are expressions of the way you wish you were instead of the way you are ...



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