The Life Of Anne Sexton Essay

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On what I imagine would be a dark day, November 9th, 1928, the dark, intelligent, and brilliant mind known as Anne Sexton was born in the small town of Newton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Mary Gray Staples Harvey and Ralph Churchill Harvey. Anne was raised in a prosperous middle-class family. Anne was the baby of the family, and was always in the dire need of attention, but was often neglected. As her oldest sister matured, Anne saw her become her father's favorite, and her other sister Blanche, became known as the smart child of the family. When Anne was six years old, her family moved to Wellesley, Mass. where she attended numerous public schools from the time she was 6 until the age of 17.Though Anne grew up in a nice household with an influential mother, her family was very dysfunctional. Anne Sexton's father was a nice man, but he would frequently go on drinking binges and abuse the children, and even "violate them". Anne was able to take refuge from this terror, but forming a close relationship with Anna Dingley, or as she was known to Anne, "Nana". Nana was her maiden great-aunt who lived with the Harvey's during Anne's adolescence. Anne had paranoid feelings that her parents may abandon her, but always found encouragement and comfort from her great aunt. When Sexton was still in elementary school she suffered the traumatizing event of her aunt's mental breakdown and hospitalization due to her condition of being bipolar, or being a manic depressant. This event would later foreshadow what would eventually happen to Anne Sexton as an adult and allow Sexton to see the condition that she would suffer from to.As a student in Wellesley public school, from the age of 6 to 17, Anne disliked school and had difficulties concentrating and became a disobedience student. Anne's teachers were forced to urge her parents to seek counseling for her own good. Anne's parents were stubborn, and refused to accept that their daughter had a problem, and neglected the idea. As a consequence, Anne received no counseling, which could possibly lead to many of her problems as an adult. In 1945 Anne Sexton's parents sent her to Roger's Hall a boarding school, in Lowell Massachusetts. It was at Roger's Hall that Anne Sexton was first introduced to poetry. She began to write poetry and act, and developed an interest in modeling. Anne's astounding poetry was published in the school yearbook. Anne's mother, who was a writer herself, and came from a family of writers, accused Anne of plagiarism, and was disbelieving that her daughter could possess the talent to write such poetic masterpieces.After graduating from Roger's Hall in 1947, Anne's parents forced her to attend the Garland School in Boston, a finishing school in Boston, in another attempt to shape Anne into the perfect women and refine her womanhood. While attending the Garland School Anne Sexton attracted many men with her sense of style and beauty. When she was nineteen and already engaged to another...

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