Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath Biography

Born in 1932 to middle class parents in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Sylvia Plath published her first poem at the age of eight. A sensitive person who tended to be a bit of a perfectionist she was what many would consider a model daughter and student - popular, a straight A student, always winning the best prizes. She won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950 and even then she had an enviable list of publications. While at Smith she wrote over four hundred poems.

However, beneath the surface of her seeming perfection were some grave discontinuities, some which probably were caused by the death of her father, an entomologist, when she was eight. During the summer after her junior year in college, Sylvia made her first (and almost successful) attempt at suicide by overdosing on sleepin ...

Sylvia Plath Quotes

11 November 2014

Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both.

11 November 2014

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days.

11 November 2014

Sunday—the doctor's paradise! Doctors at country clubs, doctors at the seaside, doctors with mistresses, doctors with wives, doctors in church, doctors in yachts, doctors everywhere resolutely being people, not doctors.

Sylvia Plath Comments

Fabrizio Frosini 18 January 2016

'' The silence depressed me. It wasn't the silence of silence. It was my own silence. I knew perfectly well the cars were making a noise, and the people in them and behind the lit windows of the buildings were making a noise, and the river was making a noise, but I couldn't hear a thing. The city hung in my window, flat as a poster, glittering and blinking, but it might just as well not have been there at all, for the good it did me. '' [from 'The Bell Jar' (1963) ]

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Else Cederborg 30 May 2012

Such rage, such sudden insights are not seen in many. She was unique.

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Thilakan Eis 20 December 2012

she is very popular poet 68752

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Sandy Player 05 March 2013

Here we sit at our desks; I'm sure Plath would have descibed us as having a bowl of peanuts beside us.

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Sayeed Abubakar 18 May 2012

No poet ever dies. You are the best example.

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Today, on 06 May 2022, PoemHunter features Plath as Poet Of The Day. Doing so, this site and we the members are honoured.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2021

Congratulations being chosen as The Poet Of The Day. Hoorray! My classic favourite poetess.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 07 February 2021

The Bell Jar, a true Materpiece and so excellent. My favourite classic poetess. I love her poems, they are metaphored and yet realistic

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Natalia 18 July 2020

I loved Plath's Bell Jar. It was realistic, real, and angry.

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Travis 23 February 2020

Sylvia plath was a great poetrist, her poems are also great for studying

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The Best Poem Of Sylvia Plath


The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels,
Her green eyes slant, hair flaring in a fan
Of silver as the rondo slows; now reels
Begin on tilted violins to span

The whole revolving tall glass palace hall
Where guests slide gliding into light like wine;
Rose candles flicker on the lilac wall
Reflecting in a million flagons' shine,

And glided couples all in whirling trance
Follow holiday revel begun long since,
Until near twelve the strange girl all at once
Guilt-stricken halts, pales, clings to the prince

As amid the hectic music and cocktail talk
She hears the caustic ticking of the clock.

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