‘From the Garden’ by Anne Sexton

American poet, Anne Sexton (1928 – 1974)

Anne Sexton (1928 –1974) was one of the most popular poet in mid-20th century America. She won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for her book Live or Die. ‘From the Garden’ is a rare tender poem from a poet who is better known for highly personal, edgy confessional verse. It is a peaceful poem in which expresses the speaker’s desire to take some time alone in the quiet of the garden with her “beloved”. She encourages this person to come with her to commune in the garden of lilies, to enjoy a quiet time together, looking, contemplating without the need for speech. Read it once more!

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