October 27, Death Date: February 11, Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, United States Nationality: Otto, who was a biology professor and a well-respected authority on entomology at Boston University, would later figure as a major image of persecution in his daughter's best known poems--"Daddy," "The Colossus," and "Lady Lazarus.
Since before Sylvia had been born her father was a very ill man.
He suffered from constant infections and eventually developed lung cancer. When Sylvia was only eight-years-old her father gave into to lung cancer leaving her, her mother, and her young brother Warren. Sylvias mother decided to pack up and more to Wellesley, Mass where Sylvia attended school.
Sylvia sailed through high school and received a scholarship to Smith Collage. There Sylvia worked on her writing career eventually getting her story Sunday at the Mintons published in a New York magazine, the Mademoiselle.
Sylvia was asked to become a guest editor for the magazine for one month but these happy times would soon leave. Sylvia became extremely depressed, she would go five days without sleep finally when her mother noticed cuts on her body she sent Sylvia to a psychiatrist.
Sylvia was diagnosed with sever depression and started her road to recovery. Sylvia soon returned to college and before she graduated took a trip to Europe in hopes to meat new friends and see new things.
There Sylvia recovered from writers block and wrote eight poems in eight days. Sylvia also met a young poet by the name of Ted Hughes. Sylvia soon married Ted in a small church in London.
Ted and Sylvia returned home to Cambridge, Mass together where they lived on a small flat. Sylvia and Ted had two children Frieda and Nicholas. Along with children Sylvia immediately had to sacrifice a lot. She gave up writing so she could type and retype Teds poems for magazines Ted would gain publication.
Finally Ted published his first books all because of the efforts made by his young wife. Sylvia had sacrificed her career so her husband would gain acclaim and she never once received any appreciation from her husband.
Sylvia and Teds relationship began to crumble. Ted became abusive even once trying to strangle Sylvia.
Finally Sylvia had enough and asked Ted to leave. Sylvia and her two young children moved to London where she lived on a small flat. There Sylvia once again faced depression and several suicide attempts.
However while Sylvia was fighting with herself she was writing. Though Sylvia was able to write it wasnt enough.
When Sylvia had learned of her husbands affair she sank into a deep hole she couldnt dig herself out of. In January ofSylvia was home with her two children.
After leaving some milk and bread in their room and opening the window she sealed the door with towels and tape. Sylvia then proceeded to the kitchen were she sealed herself in.
Once she was settled in the kitchen Sylvia opened the door of her gas stove and kneeled before it. She then turned on the gas, Sylvia ha killed herself by carbon monoxide poisoning. Sylvia was discovered that day by a nurse who was helping her take care of herself and her children.
Sylvias painstakingly executed her suicide and left behind two young children and her poetic work that was never really noticed until after her death.Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were both great minds, creative individuals, and some of the greatest poetic individuals of the twentieth century.
Though Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were great poets, they were also obsessed with death, darkness, and plagued with manic depression.
The Bell Jar was published less than a month before Sylvia Plath killed herself on 11 February To mark the 50th anniversary of her death, writers and poets reflect on what her work means to them. Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath.
"places I can never go, and people i can never be" -Sylvia Plath ~ An incredible (and heart wrenching) look at life through her eyes. Very much worth the read, but I won't read it again. Anne Sexton And Sylvia Plath: Minds Of Distortion And Darkness words - 6 pages Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were both great minds, creative individuals, and some of the greatest poetic individuals of the twentieth century.
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These included Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and John Berryman, ‘Confessionalism’ is a style focusing on extreme moments of individual experience, the psyche, and personal trauma, including previously taboo subjects such as mental illness, sexuality, and suicide.