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The Life And Poetry Of Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath was a novelist and a poet in which she expressed her deep feelings about death, nature and her opinions about the universe. Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston. Her father, Otto Plath, was a professor at Boston University and was also expert with bees. He published a story in 1934, “Bumblebees and Their Ways.” Sylvia was impressed by they way her father handles the bees. When Plath was only eight years old, her father died from diabetes, but before his death he was known as authoritarian. Her father left her full of guilt and despair that she promised to herself that she will never speak to God again. Her mother was Aurelia, who work two jobs to support Plath and her brother, Warren. After Plath’s death, her diary was revealed about her hatred towards her mother.
She studied at Gamaliel Bradford Senior High School, which is now called Wellesley High School. She was intelligent and well-adjusted student and many students admired her beauty. She won prizes and received scholarships because she appeared to be a model student. Her first poem, “Boston Herald,” was published when she was only eight and half years old. Plath’s story, “Sunday at the Mintons” was published in 1952, which was her first awarded story where they discover from a college magazine, Mademoiselle. Her experienced at New York was depressing and was the reason she wrote, “The Bell Jar” in 1953. She worked at the same college magazine during 1952 and experienced her first mental breakdown that led her to attempt suicide, and she was given shock treatments.
In Plath’s interview with Orr, she answers all the questions with feelings. She does not exactly know when she started writing, but she remembers writing when she was able to write about nature, such as birds, bees, spring, fall which are the topics that most common people does not have any interest to write about. She believes that young poets are inspired by their first experience in life and what they like, such as the stars, first taste of snow and making snowman, and so forth. She admits that her poems will be coming from her own emotional experiences. According to her experiences, she believes that she cannot react with sympathy over her struggles in life; instead she wants to write about how people should control their own experiences even at the worst downfall. From her opinion, she mentions that experiences should be taken essentially, but she certainly thinks that it should not be focus to one-self but “[she] believe it should be relevant, and relevant to the larger things, the bigger things such as Hiroshima and Dachau and so on” says at her interview with Orr. She also mentions in her interview that she does not want to be called as a ‘writer’ because she sees the writers as narcissistic and she does not want to be like them. Instead, she wants to learn something out of the other’s poem, such as removing an organ from body system, sports or anything practical, but not from their own emotional...

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