Sylvia Plath, a Poet and Her Depression

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When asked about her autobiographical novel, “The Bell Jar”, Sylvia plath responded that “the trouble was, i had been inadequate all along, I simply hadn’t thought about it” (Sylvia Plath Quotes). Plath was the editor for her school newspaper and sent in poems to different magazines (PAL). Junior year is when her depression started, as she couldn’t afford her dream college (PAL). Sylvia Plath struggled a lifetime of depression that was reflected in her writings.

Sylvia Plath was a troubled young poet who wrote mostly about the difficulties within her family and marriage. Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932 and died on February 11, 1963 in London, England. In her early life she faced many obstacles, one being her father passing away when she was only 8 years old due to complications from diabetes (poets.org). Plath, herself struggled with depression as she tried to kill herself many times. Therefore these feelings of hers reflected in her poetry. Having a high expectation to be perfect, Plath’s depression was often a result of writers block (PAL).Plath’s poems continued to encourage her large audience of readers who were facing the same issues with depression and other struggles.(Poetry Foundation). Plath was a loving wife to Ted Hughes and later a wonderful mother to her two children (poets.org). Plath gave birth to two children in 1960 and 1962, Frieda and Nicholas Hughes (poets.org). Also in 1962 her husband, Hughes left her for another women,…

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