Topics: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Confessional poetry Pages: 4 (1057 words) Published: May 2, 2013
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When a passion is felt it becomes a total consumption of thought, action, and ability. For Sylvia Plath her burning passion for writing began when she was only eleven years old. She began keeping a journal to characterizing her ambitiously driven urge for success. (Sylvia Plath, 2013).

Plath was born on October 27th, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sylvia’s mother was a maters student at Boston University when she met her father Otto Plath, who was her professor. Otto taught both German and Biology with a focus of apology or the study of bees. The two got married in January of 1932 and decided to start their unknowing lives together (Sylvia Plath, 2013).

Children’s lives become shaped around who their parents are and for Sylvia her father was harshly strict and both his authoritarian attitudes and early death due to complications from diabetes drastically defined her relationships and her poems. This is most notably seen in her infamous poem “Daddy” (Sylvia Plath, 2013)

While she was a student she spent time in New York City during the summer of 1953 working for “Mademoiselle Magazine” as a guest editor. All through collage however Plath dealt with deep depression do to family and other factors that pushed her into a suicide attempt around this time by over dosing on sleeping pills (Biography of…, 2013) Sylvia placed herself in a mental health facility as she was smart enough to know the importance of recovery. With a successful experience she recovered went back to school (Biography of…, 2013).

Plath’s Fist National publication was in the Christen Science Monitor in 1950, just after graduating high school making her 18 years old. After her high school graduation she decided to attend Smith’s Collage and was an exceptional student but dealt with deep depression and in 1953 had yet another suicide attempt. Sylvia still managed to graduate summa cum laude through everything in 1955 showing her intelligence and academic driven success (Sylvia...
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