Sylvia Plath Biography

Sylvia Plath was born October 27, 1932 in Boston Massachusetts. She was raised by her mother Aurelia Schober who married Otto Plath. Sylvia was a poet and a short story writer. She studied at Smith College in the University of Cambridge. Plath had two children, Frieda Hughes and Nicholas Hughes after marrying her husband Ted Hughes in 1956. They settled in an English country village Devon, England for a short period of time. Throughout much of her life Sylvia had suffered a great amount of depression which took a huge toll on her and her family.
At the young age of eight Sylvia’s father had died due to complications from his diabetes. Her relationship with her father wasn’t the normal father daughter bond. Sylvia was scared of her father as he was a very strict and stern man. He had very high standards for Sylvia which she found hard to reach. After her father had died there was some heartbreak and sadness felt but there wasn’t enough heartbreak for it to bypass all of the selfishness her father had. After his death Sylvia had wrote a poem called “Daddy” where you can see the hatred she had felt “There's a stake in your fat black heart And the villagers never liked you. They are dancing and stamping on you. They always knew it was you. Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm through.” (, 2014). although there was mostly hatred you can also see how even though they had a bad relationship she still misses him “Bit my pretty red heart in two. I was ten when they buried you. At twenty I tried to die And get back, back, back to you. I thought even the bones would do.” (, 2014). Along with writing a poem about her dad Sylvia had also wrote many other poems, her first poem was even published in the Boston Herald’s ch...

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...Plath and on February 11, 1963 she wrote a note telling her downstairs neighbour to call the doctor. After she had sent the note she then successfully killed herself using a gas oven.
Two years after Sylvia’s death, Ariel, a collection of her last poems was published. She was the first poet to win a Pulitzer prize after death. Later on her books Crossing The Water and Winter Tress were published in 1911 and The Collected Poems in 1981 all of which were edited by Ted Hughes himself. Her first national publication was in 1950 just after graduating from high school in the Christian Science Monitor. Sylvia’s literary movement was confessional poetry which had included some sonnets. She is known as a poet and a short story writer. Sylvia Plath had a lot of ups and downs, but sometimes depression becomes more physical then emotional and ended Sylvia’s life way to early.
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