Live or Die (poetry collection)

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Live or Die is a collection of poetry by American poet Anne Sexton, published in 1966. Many of the poems in the collection are in free verse, though some are in rhyme.[1] The poems, written between 1962 and 1966, are arranged in the book in chronological order.[1] Their subjects are Sexton's troubled relationships with her mother and her daughters, and her treatment for mental illness.[1]

First edition (publ. Houghton Mifflin)

The collection includes the poems "And One for My Dame", "Sylvia's Death", "Consorting With Angels" and "Wanting to Die".[2] The book won the 1967 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Shuman, R. Baird (2002). Great American Writers: Twentieth Century. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 1375–1376. ISBN 0-7614-7240-1.
  2. ^ a b McGowan, Philip (2004). Anne Sexton and middle generation poetry: the geography of grief. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 48–49. ISBN 0-313-31514-0.