Sylvia Plath Biography

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Sylvia Plath was one of the most acclaimed poets of the twentieth century. Famous for her use of violent, harsh imagery and raw authenticity that allows her form of poems to mirror the myriad of experiences that life throws at us.
Plath was born in 1932 and died at the age of 30 in 1963. In here short life, she managed to publish 274 poems. The first being when she was a mere eight years old. The death of her father at the same age greatly affected her relationships and writing style, that can be primarily seen in one of her most infamous poems “Daddy” which depicts her broken relationship with her father and the betrayal she felt after his death. Sylvia, though a seemingly strong woman, let issues greatly affect her which she would express strongly through her literature including her poetry, journals, and novels.
From a young age, Plath always insisted on keeping a journal and in an entry dated 20th of June 1958 she wrote "It is as if my life were magically run by two electric currents: joyous positive and despairing negative—whichever is running at the moment dominates my life, floods it." This quotation is a well- expressed description of bipolar disorder, (Plath, Sylvia Plath Biography , 2014) and this very disorder inevitably lead to her death. During her adolescent years, Plath suffered from severe depression as a result of Bipolar and in 1953, at the age of nineteen, she attempted her first suicide. The experience of her suicide, her breakdown and her recovery all play a significant role in her life and the content of her writing in the way in which she bases her poems on her life experiences and personal issues. This style is known as confessional poetry, which was first identified in the years following the second...

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... quite that simple, Plath is using the horse as a body to mirror the ability that she has to escape with writing poetry and how this enables her to become one with herself and , her creative processes.
The first stanza reads “Stasis in darkness.
Then the substance less blue
Pour of tor and distances.”
The speaker begins with describing a calm image of groups of craggy hills and the darkness of early morning. The speaker is in the stable, not yet moving. She is creating anticipation. Like the calm before the storm. The use of consonance in this stanza in the words statis, subastanceless and distcncae created a calm feel.
The reader goes on, She goes on “God’s lioness,
How one we grow,
Pivot of heels and knees!—The furrow”
Suddenly, she is out of the stable and galloping fast. She is God’s lioness, she is fierce, she is on a mission. “how one we grow”

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