Anne Sexton

1928-1974

BACKGROUND

Anne Sexton born on November 9, 1928 Newton, Massachusetts.She spent most of her life near Boston. In 1945, Sexton began attending a boarding school. 1948 after boarding school she had an affair with Alfred Muller Sexton, before their divorce they had 2 children's. Sexton suffered from illness during her life, she had a few breakdowns before. But after getting a therapist, Dr Martin Orne.

CAREER AS A WRITER

Sexton was inspired by her mentor W.D. Snodgrass, to become a writer. After reading a few of his poems, she was so into it that she began to write some herself. Sometimes she would read different poems to her children's and began to write more and read them to her 2 children's. Sexton began writing letters to Snodgrass and they became close friends. In the late 1960s her illness became to effect her career. Even though she still write poems and shared them, she also callobrated her poems with music. A jazz-rock group called "Her Kind" that added music to her poetry. Within twelve years of writing her first sonnet, she was one of the most honored poets in America.

Poem By Anne Sexton

It Is A Spring Afternoon

Everything here is yellow and green.

Listen to its throat, its earthskin,
the bone dry voices of the peepers
as they throb like advertisements.
The small animals of the woods
are carrying their deathmasks
into a narrow winter cave.
The scarecrow has plucked out
his two eyes like diamonds
and walked into the village.
The general and the postman
have taken off their packs.
This has all happened before
but nothing here is obsolete.
Everything here is possible.

Because of this
perhaps a young girl has laid down
her winter clothes and has casually
placed herself upon a tree limb
that hangs over a pool in the river.
She has been poured out onto the limb,
low above the houses of the fishes
as they swim in and out of her reflection
and up and down the stairs of her legs.
Her body carries clouds all the way home.
She is overlooking her watery face
in the river where blind men
come to bathe at midday.

Because of this
the ground, that winter nightmare,
has cured its sores and burst
with green birds and vitamins.
Because of this
the trees turn in their trenches
and hold up little rain cups
by their slender fingers.
Because of this
a woman stands by her stove
singing and cooking flowers.
Everything here is yellow and green.

Surely spring will allow
a girl without a stitch on
to turn softly in her sunlight
and not be afraid of her bed.
She has already counted seven
blossoms in her green green mirror.
Two rivers combine beneath her.
The face of the child wrinkles.
in the water and is gone forever.
The woman is all that can be seen
in her animal loveliness.
Her cherished and obstinate skin
lies deeply under the watery tree.
Everything is altogether possible
and the blind men can also see.

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