Research Paper On Anne Sexton

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Anne Sexton (1928-1974) is often grouped with such poets as Sylvia Plath, John Berryman and Robert Lowell as a leading figure in the so-called 'Confessional Movement'. Sexton's style is called a confessional poem. A confessional poem is a poem that speaks directly to the author's personal experience. The speaker in the poem is definitely Sexton herself. In this light, it's natural to look to her life's events to make more sense of her point-of-view. Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts and lived most of her life in Boston. The daughter of a successful businessman, Sexton grew up in an upper middle class home. She didn’t have a great relationship with her parents. Due to her dysfunctional family, Anne took refuge at her great aunt Anna Dingley. Her relationships with her parents were difficult, perhaps even abusive. Her father was alcoholic businessman and her mom’s own literary ambitions had been fulfilled because she was a housewife.
She attended boarding school and after graduation enrolled in Garland Junior College for one year. At age 19, she married Alfred “Kayo” Sexton II. After her marriage While Kayo was serving in Korea, Anne worked for a short time as a fashion model. In 1953, she gave birth to her first daughter and during this year she was diagnosed with postpartum disorder. Next year in 1954 she suffered a mental break down
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Much of her unhappiness accumulated from her childhood to adulthood. She was so emotionally and spiritually numb that in a sense she became dead like her parents. In the poem, Sexton could even enter their world and touch her mother and father after their death. This comes to show that she was severely depressed and could never move on from their death. Since nothing could bring the dead back, in a way she slowly went to them, hence the title “The Truth the Dead Know.” In the life of Anne Sexton there was more of a connection between her and the