William Heyen and A. Poulin, Jr.
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Sexton talks about her designation as a "confessional poet" and the shifts in the themes of her poems through the years. She says that she writes what she wants and has to write, but that she often uses other people's stories, making them her own with an "I" voice. She also feels free to fictionalize experience, and isn't worried about being misinterpreted. Sexton talks about a progression in her poems from madness and sin to love and God, but feels that sin is a theme she has carried throughout.
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Sexton, Anne; Heyen, William; and Poulin, Al Jr., "Anne Sexton: 09-10-1973" (1973). Writers Forum Videos. Video 36.