The Life and Poetry of Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston Massachusetts, and died on February 11, 1963 by suicide. She became a poet and was known after she died for “the intense coupling of its violent or disturbed imagery and its playful use of alliteration and rhyme” (Poets.org). She began her poetry when she began to write and just after graduating high school her first published poem was in the Christian Science Monitor in 1950. Sylvia was diagnosed with depression, and that depression defined her life, and her poetry. Sylvia Plath’s life was filled with pain that she only could get out through her poetry; her pain was brought on by the death of her father, the marriage of her and her husband, and her depression and suicide attempts. The death of her father at only 8 years old had majorly affected the way that Sylvia Plath wrote her poems. Sylvia’s father “had been a strict farther and both his authoritarian attitudes and his death drastically defined her relationships and her poem” (poets.org). Sylvia was in pain when her father died and since her father got her started writing poems she believed that she had to write poems to get out all the pain and hurt she felt. She wrote the poem “Daddy” for her father. She wrote everything that she wanted to tell him, in that one poem. After that poem she learned to get her feelings out through her work. Sylvia wrote everything she felt from her father’s life down and made her poetry come to life. Sylvie Plath believed she was in love with her college sweetheart and husband Ted Hughes, but he was awful to her. He caused so much pain in her life. That pain made her want to write non-stop until she could no longer feel the things he had done to her. He had affairs with other women when they were apart and he would make her feel like she was unwanted. Ted Hughes’

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