My parents spent hours reading to him, and I listened,' she Ms. George and Titch--photo credit Patty Smiley says. 'We weren't a family that had a lot of money. We turned to the world of imagination.' At 7, George knew she wanted to write. She began turning out short stories in elementary school after her mother gave her an old '30s typewriter, and she wrote her first unpublished novel by the time she graduated from Holy Cross High School in Mountain View."
Sylvia spent her childhood in Winthrop, but after Plath’s father died of diabetes, her mother moved her and her brother, Warren, to Wellesley, Massachusetts which was closer to Plath’s grandmother. Aurelia had acquired a teaching job at Boston University in the medical-secretarial training program. Wellesley was a family focused and education centered community that influenced Plath’s lifestyle and moral values (Sylvia Plath Biography). Plath had kick started her career as a poetess. Plath wrote her first poem, at age eight; “A Summer Will Not Come Again” was published in Seventeen while she was in high school, and sold “Bitter Strawberries” to the Christian Science Monitor while in college (Sylvia Plath Biography).
Whereas Theodore Roethke’s “My Papa’s Waltz” is very hazy and full of descriptions about abuse and alcohol. In this paper I will be comparing and contrasting the two poems as they are in my eyes very similar, yet different. Sylvia Plath was a high string anxiety angered person and dealt with a lot growing up. Her dad died when she was 10 years old due to diabetes. Having to grow up without a father she tried to fill the place of her father almost by being forced to find a husband that was like her father.
But the tension between them made Mary suffer from skin boils at the age of thirteen. The skin boils soon disappeared when they were separated from each other. Mary’s father sent her away to live at her aunt’s house, she loved being around all her cousins. Throughout Mary’s childhood she never felt truly loved. One day Mary meet a young poet names Percy Bysshe Shelley at the time Percy was married to a nineteen year old but also felled in love with Mary.
There, Plath married Ted Hughes, who was a good poet, too. What amazes me in her life is that she had attempted suicide three times, once every ten years. In 1963, she succeeded in killing herself as she gassed herself to death. In an outsider point of view I always wonder how a woman with so much going for her would want to end her life: though her husband's infidelity, she was nevertheless successful--her poems appeared in various prestigious newspapers and magazines, and she was even invited to teach English in Smith College. Plath's death has been subject to unending analysis and interpretation, framed by the kind of inquiry that usually guides classroom literary discussions.
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.
She continued to him even after this incident had occurred. 1955 Plath’s “Go Get The Gloodly Squab” was published in Harper’s and she also received an honourable mention in Mademoiselle’s Dylan Thomas poetry contest for her poem “parallax.” “Circus In Three Rings” was her first poem to finally be published in The Atlantic Monthly. Early 1956 Plath had learnt that her grandmother had developed stomach cancer. At this time Plath was also suffered with insomnia and sinus infections and her writing was getting rejected from publication. She then had attended a party where she met Ted Hughes an English poet who immediately caught her eye at first glance.
Sylvia Plath has brought the attention of many Women’s studies supporters while being recognized as a great American poet. Most of her attention has come as a result of her tragic suicide at age thirty, but many of her poems reflect actual events throughout her life, transformed into psychoanalytical readings. One of Plath’s most renowned poems is “Daddy”. In this poem there are ideas about a woman’s relationship with men, a possible insight on aspects of Plath’s life, and possible influences from the theories of Sigmund Freud. Plath’s father died early in her life leaving her with unresolved feelings, and this brought a lot of troubles later on in life.
Another child, Elinor Bettina, died two days after birth. Of the four children who lived to adulthood, Frost's daughter Marjorie died of childbed fever at age 29, and his son Carol committed suicide at age 39. Another daughter, Irma, had to be institutionalized for mental illness, as did Frost's sister Jeanie." Frost moved with his family in 1912 to England so he could focus more on his poetry and book publication. "A Boy's Will was published by the London firm of David Nutt and Company in 1913, and was reviewed favorably by American poet and critic Ezra Pound, a highly influential figure in modernist letters.
She had a nervous breakdown because of these tragedies and it filled her life with loneliness (Lombardi 1). After her husband passed, Mary found it hard to support herself and her son. Sir Timothy Shelley gave her as small sum of money, and made her publish her works anonymously. She wrote a few other books after her husband’s death, but they got negative criticism. These novels also contained tragedies that probably were taken from her own life.