Monday, June 8, 2015

In the Spotlight: Sylvia Plath

Besides books, I enjoy the occasional poem. Poetry is so unique in that an author has the ability to write whatever they please. There are no rules, there are no boundaries. That amount of freedom lets poets experiment with structure, explore a variety of subjects, and write about any topic. And now we both shall learn about the poet Sylvia Plath who explored themes about love, death, uncertainty, and the self.


   Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the age of 8, her father passed away and her grief fueled many of her poems for the rest of her life. In 1950, Plath attended Smith College in Massachusetts on a scholarship and had thoroughly proven herself as a talented young writer. After struggling with depression, Plath went to Cambridge University and married Ted Hughes, another poet, in 1956. After some time in Massachusetts, Plath returned to England in 1959, published The Colossus in 1960, and had her first child, Freida. Two years later, after having a second child, Nicholas, her marriage ended. Falling into depression, Plath wrote The Bell Jar which was based on her life and her struggles again mental breakdowns. On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath committed suicide and die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Years after her death, her legacy as a brilliant writer lives on. Plath became the first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1982.


The Colossus- 1960 (Collection of poems)
The Bell Jar- 1963
Ariel- 1965 (Collection of poems)
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath- 1950-1962 (published 2002) 



"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am."

"Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences" 
(I used this as my leader quote because I loved it so much!)


"The hardest thing is to live richly in the present without letting it be tainted out by fear for the future or regret for the past."



"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again"

Learn More
I used these sources to make this post so if you're interested check them out.

 This is a fascinating article about the science behind creativity and explores the neuroscience and hereditary factors of "the tortured artist."

Happy Reading!


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