Sylvia Plath

October 27th is Sylvia Plath Day

Sylvia Plath (/plæθ/; October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. In 1981 The Collected Poems were published, including many previously unpublished works. For this collection Plath was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1982, making her the first to receive this honour posthumously.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Plath studied at Smith College in Massachusetts and at Newnham College in Cambridge, England. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956, and they lived together in the United States and then in England. They had two children before separating in 1962.

Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life, and was treated multiple times with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). She died by suicide in 1963.

Sylvia Plath Quotes :

  • I don’t believe that the meek will inherit the earth; The meek get ignored and trampled.
  • I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad.
  • I wanted to be where nobody I knew could ever come.
  • If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.
  • My mother said the cure for thinking too much about yourself was helping somebody who was worse off than you.
  • The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.
  • There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
  • Wear your heart on your skin in this life.

What will you be celebrating? How will you do it?