A Geographical Tour of Literary America

The Grand Tour of Literary Landmarks resulted from my students' success with another project that we called "Poetic License with THE AMAZING RACE." This new journey also begins and ends in my students' hometown. Chosen writers are specific to our curriculum and texts; however, teachers can adapt new selections to their students' needs. Side images are their original work. Photo images at each destination go directly to official sites or to the slideshows of my own travel photos. The main sources of written material here are www.Poets.org and Adventures in American Literature, Heritage Edition and Pegasus Edition.

Newton, Massachusetts

On the literary map, travel from Cambridge to Newton, Massachusetts.


# _____________ Miles to Newton, Massachusetts

$ _____________ Cost for Gasoline to Newton, Massachusetts

Visit Anne Sexton at www.Poets.org and fill-in-the- blanks.

"Anne Gray Harvey was born in Newton, Massachusetts, in _____________. She attended Garland Junior College for one year and married Alfred Muller Sexton II at age nineteen. She enrolled in a modeling course at the Hart Agency and lived in San Francisco and Baltimore. In 1953 she gave birth to a daughter. In 1954 she was diagnosed with ___________________, suffered her first mental breakdown, and was admitted to Westwood Lodge, a neuropsychiatric hospital she would repeatedly return to for help. In 1955, following the birth of her second daughter, Sexton suffered another breakdown and was hospitalized again; her children were sent to live with her husband's parents. That same year, on her birthday, she attempted suicide."

"She was encouraged by her doctor _________________________ she had developed in high school, and in the fall of 1957 she enrolled in a poetry workshop at the Boston Center for Adult Education. In 1974 at the age of 46, despite a successful writing careerr - she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1967 for Live or Die - she lost her battle with mental illness and committed suicide. Like Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, W. D. Snodgrass (who exerted a great influence on her work), and other '___________' poets, Sexton offers the reader an intimate _____________________________ that characterized her life. She made the experience of being ___________________ a central issue in her poetry, and though she endured criticism for bringing subjects such as ____________, ___________, and __________ _____________ into her work, her skill as a poet transcended the _________________________ over her subject matter."

If you like, read her poems here.