Sylvia Plath

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On October 27th, 1932 a legendary poet was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Little did the world know that this poet, Sylvia Plath, would forever change literature. As the daughter of Otto Plath and Aurella Scholber, Sylvia Plath struggled throughout her life. She found a love for writing and exhibited her talent for words early on. She started school early and began writing poems at the age of five. From then on, Plath’s passion for words influenced her life greatly. In addition to writing, love was a large aspect of Plath’s life. Her rocky relationship with her husband Ted Hughes caused her to go into a deep state of depression. This unhealthy relationship also had a large influence on her poetry. The unconventional poetry of Sylvia Plath reflected her life experiences, her search for love, and her unstable mental state.

From early on, Sylvia Plath experienced many things no person should ever wish to experience. At the age of eight her father suddenly died from complications of diabetes (Sylvia Plath). This directly influenced her famous poem, “Daddy,” where she depicts her strict, authoritarian relationship with her father. Because Auto Plath died when Plath was very young, Syliva was never able to express her true feelings towards her father. She beings to write in the first sentence, “I used to pray to recovery you,” revealing her desire to have had a strong relationship with her father. Then Plath begins to compare her father to a Nazi and herself to a Jew (Moore). She fears her father and feels persecuted by him. Also, Plath’s mother, Aurella Scholber, was forced to work two jobs to support her family after her husband’s death (Lucas). Plath reveals in her diary her hatred towards her mother. She writes, “What to do with her, with the hostility, undying, which I feel for her? I want, as ever, to grab my life from out under her hot itchy hands. My life, my writing, my husband, my conceived baby.” Aurella Plath lived for and through her children. She was completely selfless and would do anything for her children. Plath hated this and would continuously trace the boundaries for herself that her mother neglected to impose (Moses). Furthermore, because Plath exhibited signs of success early on, she began school two years early (Sylvia Plath). She was criticized and judged throughout her years of school because of her intelligence and young age. The only way she knew to escape her harsh reality was through her writing. Her writing is a direct reflection of her life.

As Plath grew older her life became a rollercoaster. She went through many ups and downs that shaped her poetry. After high school graduation, Plath moved to Cambridge, England on a scholarship (Sylvia Plath). There, she met English poet Ted Hughes who was six years older than her. At the age of twenty-four, Plath married Hughes (Sylvia Plath) less than a year after they met. This was one of the more joyous times of her life that influenced her happier poems. A year later, they moved back to Massachusetts, and soon after her life changed forever when she gave birth to their children Frieda in 1960 and Nicholas in 1962 (Syliva Plath). They brought joy to her life and what she truly needed to inspire her writing.

Very rarely was Plath viewed as a “happy” person or writer. She went through very few highs in her life. One of the happier times in her life was when she was married to Ted Hughes and had a loving family. Soon after giving birth to her children, she composed the poem, “Morning Song.” It is a moving poem that depicts becoming a new mother. The newborn brings joy to Plath but also brings extreme anxiety. She feels the baby is part of her life, but feels as if she is a stranger to the child as the very first image of the conception of the baby reveals. The mother claims that love has caused the baby’s arrival and says, “Love set you going like a fat gold watch.” This reveals her desire to own the child who belongs to the father’s clan and not to...
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