Her marriage was torn by discord and physical abuse as her husband saw his formerly dependent wife become a celebrity. The Abortion Sexton Anne Sexton was born in Newton, Massachusetts to Mary Gray Staples and Ralph Harvey, on November 9th 1928. In 1945 they sent her to Rogers Hall, a boarding school in Lowell, Massachusetts, where she began to write poetry and to act. Sexton had her children taken into care and spent time in mental institutions suffering from seveal nervous breakdowns so she was well aware of how love began things that ended unpleasantly. Contrary to her seemingly confident public manner, however, Sexton was heavily dependent on therapists, medications, close friends--particularly Maxine Kumin and, later, Lois Ames--and lovers. Poetry is considered to be a form of literary art which is based on the use of some aesthetic qualities of language to reveal the meaning.
There are no real flaws, and the language is poignant and abrupt. In 1962 Sexton published All My Pretty Ones. Written by Timothy Sexton By the twilight of the Eisenhower era, America was already exhibiting signs it was ready to take on some cherished traditions of the status quo and that those alterations in the fabric of society would forever impact the way the material would be expected to fit. The author tries to discuss one of the most important and at the same time controversial issues — the issue on the right to abortion. She Had two daughters, and one abortion.
Bedside, Anne Sexton is well known for her unique imagery, which is often centered on the human body and the household. The major goal of the author is to make readers ponder over the process of abortion. It is direct and plays off the description. The situation and the speaker's perception of it are rendered in metaphors that draw on the natural environment through which the journey proceeds. Sexton's The Complete Poems also contains a useful introduction to the poet by her friend and fellow poet Maxine Kumin. Somebody who should have been born is gone. It is an issue that seems as though it will never go away.
That is why Jo Gill states that one of the most important differences between the avante-garde poetry and confessional poetry is in the use of personal experience. McClatchy, Anne Sexton: The Artist and Her Critics 1978 ; Frances Bixler, Original Essays on the Poetry of Anne Sexton 1988 ; Steven E. Had this poem been just a graphic description of an abortion itself, this title would not have worked. The well-known poetic works written by Anne Sexton are her early works To Bedlam and Part Way Back 1960 , The Starry Night 1961 , All My Pretty Ones 1962 , Live or Die 1966 , Love Poems 1969 and some other poetic works. Sexton's reputation as poet peaked with the publication of Love Poems 1969 , an off-Broadway production of her play Mercy Street 1969 , and the publication of prose poems in Transformations 1972.
At a memorial service, Adrienne Rich decried the self-indulgence of suicidal personalities; Denise Levertov noted in an obituary that Sexton had confused creativity with self-annihilation. Somebody who should have been born is gone. The author believes that her genitals are a gateway to the actions of devil and sin. Keeping that in mind, look at this line-by-line. Sexton was born on November 9, 1928, in Newton, Massachusetts, to a prominent family. The poetess uses the tightly constrained metrical forms, which are demonstrated in her poetry collections To Bedlam and Part Way Back and All My Pretty Ones.
Like them, she yields to torment for violating polite womanhood. Sexton's personal, many-sided poems and intimate writings appeared in posthumous editions — The Awful Rowing Toward God 1975 , a juvenile title, The Wizard's Tears 1975 , the play 45 Mercy Street 1976 , Anne Sexton: A Self Portrait in Letters 1977 , and Words for Dr. The term Postmodernism refers to the literature of the period of the late 20th century. The road was as flat as a sheet of tin. Poem Abortion The poem Abortion is one of well-known poems written by Anne Sexton. Sexton identifies the yearning for release from undisclosed pain as a mole that permeates Plath's verse, a perky underground being whose blind vitality contrasts the stillness of the buried corpse. Sexton, at her best, is technically sound, rhythmic, and has unique turns of phrases that leave one surprised.
The speaker knows that essentially the action was a brutal one. Poetry seemed the only route to stability, though at times the friendships she made through her art, which led to sexual affairs, also were unsettling. Despite frequent stays in a mental hospital and continual psychiatric therapy, Sexton published seven poetry collections in her lifetime with three more published post-humously. Just with this line and the title we already know that the speaker is talking about the baby that was aborted. The innocence that is described in this context is a very contrasting sort of comparison, which supports the morose tone of this poem even further. Here the speaker is describing the landscape, when all of a sudden they show signs of breaking down. Estranged from many of her former friends, Sexton became difficult for her maturing daughters to deal with.
While teaching at Boston University and Colgate, she exposed social fraud by restating Grimm's fairy tales in Transformations 1971 and issued a third children's title, Joey and the Birthday Present 1971 , also coauthored by Kumin. Other significant awards included a 1969 Guggenheim Foundation grant to work on her play Mercy Street and the American Academy of Arts and Letters travel grant in 1963. She divorced Kayo with some hesitance, even though he was physically and emotionally abusive to her and their daughters. Although she was treated, she failed to heal her mental illness. At the time of her suicide by carbon monoxide gas on October 4, 1974, in the garage of her home in Weston, Massachusetts, Sexton, wrapped in her mother's fur coat and clutching a glass of vodka, ended a troubled, chaotic life. At her doctor's direction, she relieved anguish through confessional writing.