Sylvia Plath

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Plath, Sylvia,

1932–63, American poet, b. Boston. Educated at Smith College and Cambridge, Plath published poems even as a child and won many academic and literary awards. Her first volume of poetry, The Colossus (1960), is at once highly disciplined, well crafted, and intensely personal; these qualities are present in all her work. Ariel (1968), considered her finest book of poetry, was written in the last months of her life and published posthumously, as were Crossing the Water (1971) and Winter Trees (1972). Her late poems reveal an objective detachment from life and a growing fascination with death. They are rendered with ruthless art, describing the most extreme reaches of Plath's consciousness and passions. Her one novel, The Bell Jar (1971), originally published in England under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in 1962, is autobiographical, a fictionalized account of a nervous breakdown she suffered when in college. Plath was married (1956–63) to the British poet Ted HughesHughes, Ted
(Edward James Hughes), 1930–98, English poet, b. Mytholmyroyd, Yorkshire, studied Cambridge. Hughes's best poetry focuses on the unsentimental within nature.
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. She committed suicide in London in Feb., 1963. Her brief life, troubled marriage, and fiercely luminous poetry have provided the raw materials for interpretation by a small army of biographers, feminists, memoirists, novelists, playwrights, scholars, and others.


See her collected poems (1981); occasional prose in Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams (1979); journals ed. by T. Hughes and F. McCullough (1983), and unabridged journals ed. by K. V. Kulil (2000); letters ed. by P. K. Steinberg and K. V. Kukil (2 vol., 2017–18); memoir by J. Becker (2004); biographies by E. Butscher (1979), A. Stevenson (1989), P. Alexander (1991), R. Hayman (1991), J. Rose (1991), L. Wagner-Martin (1987 and 1999, rev. ed. 2003), and C. Rollyson (2013); J. Malcolm, The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes (1994), T. Hughes, Birthday Letters (1998), D. Middlebrook, Her Husband: Hughes and Plath–A Marriage (2003), and A. Wilson, Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life before Ted (2013); studies by M. Broe (1980), J. Rosenblatt (1982), L. Wagner-Martin, ed. (1988, repr. 1997; 1992), and L. Niland, ed. (2013); A. Alvarez also wrote extensively about her in his study of suicide, The Savage God (1971).

Plath, Sylvia

(1932–63) poet; born in Boston, Mass. A graduate of Smith College, she had a Fulbright Scholarship to Oxford, where she met and married the English poet, Ted Hughes. She had written poetry since childhood; her first volume of poems, A Winter Ship (1960), was published anonymously; her next volume was The Colossus and Other Poems (1960); her autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar (1963), appeared just before her suicide (1963); other volumes of her poetry appeared posthumously. She was generally regarded as belonging to the modern "confessional school" because of the highly personal nature of her intense, often anguished poetry.
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in much of her later poetry, Sylvia Plath sought to give birth to a creative or "deep" self hidden within her.
One day in the school's library, she comes across four books -- Ariel: Poems by Sylvia Plath , The Collected Poems of William Blake , The Collected Poems of D.
Thomas Chatterton losing his father before being born, Thomas Lovell Beddoes losing his father at 5, Gerard de Nerval losing his mother at 2, Dimitrie Anghel losing his mother at 7 and his father at 16, Marina Tsvetayeva losing her mother at 14, Vladimir Mayakovsky losing his father at 13, Cesare Pavese losing his father at 6, Gherasim Luca losing his father at 1, Paul Celan losing his parents in concentration camp, John Berryman losing his father at 11 (suicide), Sylvia Plath losing her father at 8.
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Let me confess right from the start that this is the book on Sylvia Plath I would have liked to have written.
Coming from a place of mutual interest in what it means to be a teenage girl, what it means to write about (and avoid writing about) that, experience, and what Sylvia Plath has to do with this, we--poets Arielle Greenberg and Becca Klaver, at the time a professor and graduate student respectively--wrote an essay.
THE son of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has committed suicide - 46 years after his mother killed herself.
THE son of poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath has committed suicide 46 years after his mother gassed herself while he slept, according to a report.
THE son of poet Sylvia Plath has committed suicide 46 years after his mother gassed herself while he slept.
Thomas and Welsh poetry; Stevie Smith, Sylvia Plath and Jo Shapcott; Ted Hughes and Geoffrey Hill; poetry by West Indians living in the UK; Tony Harrison, Peter Reading, Ken Smith, Sean O'Brien; Edwin Morgan, Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochhead, Robert Crawford, Don Patterson, and Kathleen Jamie; and finally, James Fenton, Craig Raine, Christopher Reid, Simon Armitage, and Carol Ann Duffy.
SAN FRANCISCO: Diane Middlebrook, a leading feminist scholar who wrote acclaimed biographies of poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, died.
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