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The Tragic Life Of Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath, an open minded, free spirited author and poet of a variety of many pieces. All of Plath’s poems are inspired by her personal life and how she viewed it.
According to Plath, “It is a feeling that no matter what the ideas or conduct of others, there is a unique rightness and beauty to life which can be shared in openness, in wind and sunlight, with a fellow human being who believes in the same basic principles” (Sylvia Quotes).
Reveals and proves how free spirited and understanding she was. It conveys that people in your life can be influential, but only to a certain extent; then, it is up to the individual, to find the beauty and love in your life, and to find that in another human being is beautiful. Plath’s life was everything but easy. Plath conveys a myriad of themes in her poems from deaths to upbeat random ideas, which she demonstrates in her poems “Daddy,” “Fever 103,” and “Fiesta Melons.”
Sylvia Plath’s life began on October 27, 1932. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts to the parents of a German and Austrian background. Otto Emil Plath, her father, was an expert on bees, and a professor of German and biology at Boston University. Plath’s mother, Aurelia, had a master’s degree in English and German. Three years later, Sylvia was greeted with a baby brother named Warren on April 27, 1935. Ironically enough, they were both born on the 27th. Plath proved herself a bright, young girl. Her first poem was published at the age of eight. She started school two years prior to everyone else her age (“The Life”). A majority of Plath’s life was spent on the North Atlantic coast near her hometown. “Her parent’s backgrounds and her love for the sea provide much of the imagery for her poetry” (The Life). Her father’s health started to rapidly go downhill caused by lung cancer, in which Otto Emil Plath refused every kind and type of treatments available. In the year 1940, Plath’s father died due to the gangrene in his leg that was caused by untreated and possibly an unrecognizable form of diabetes. Plath was greatly affected by the loss of her father, which inspired her to move to Wellesley, Massachusetts. Plath achieved a full scholarship to Smith College; however, prior to attending Smith College, she had already published a story, “And Summer Will not Come Again,” and a poem, “Ode on a Bitten Plum,” which was published in Seventeen Magazine.
As time progressed, Plath fought many inner, deep battles within herself, which involved marriage, sexuality, chastity, and her career, thus leading to her mental breakdown. Her morale did not improve any further or at all when she was rejected from a summer writing course at Harvard. On April 1, 1960, her daughter, Freida was born. Now that she had a child, she found very little time to write. She felt like there was no exit and that she was being held down with nowhere to go and nobody to talk to. To make matters worse, her husband, Ted Hughes,...

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