Depression and pain leads to suicide. Sylvia Plath, a modern poet, was a master of allusion and imagery. Plath dedicated her life to poetry. It is heartbreaking that we lost a talented soul at such a young age but her work will live for eternity.
Sylvia Plath was born October 27th 1932 to Otto and Aurelia Plath. She was raised in Boston, Massachusetts. Her father, Otto, emigrated from Germany at the age of 15 and soon became a professor at Boston University. Aurelia, Plath’s mother, was also a teacher but she gave that life up once Sylvia was born. Constantakis explains how Otto Plath died from diabetes when Sylvia was only eight and how most of her poetry focuses on her relationship with her father. Plath spent most of time as a child with her younger brother Warren. She was very dedicated to school and always received high grades and awards for her intelligence. September of 1950, Plath began her freshman year at Smith College in Massachusetts. At the end of her third year, she was named guest managing editor of Mademoiselle and given a month’s “working vacation” in New York. After returning from New York, she suffered a nervous breakdown and attempted suicide in 1953 of August by swallowing sleeping pills according to Constantakis. She was hospitalized for awhile and returned to Smith for her senior year in February, 1954. Plath sailed to England after receiving her scholarship to study at Newham College, Cambridge University.
After spending her Christmas break of first semester touring London and Paris, she met Ted Hughes at a party on February 25th, 1956. Ted and Sylvia were married on June 16th, 1956 in London. She completed her year of study in 1957 and then sailed to the United States with Ted to become an English profes...
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