Sylvia Plath

Poems from a depressed woman

The life of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia had a hard life. She was born on October 27, 1932. When she turned eight, her father had died from diabetes. That was the inspiration to one of her poems "Daddy." She was very depressed and never really recovered from the loss of her father. She loved to write. From the time she was eleven she had kept a journal and would send her poems in to magazines. She went on to college and graduated in 1955 after a suicide attempt in 1953. She met Ted Hughes when she moved to England on a scholarship and they ended up getting married. The couple moved back to Massachusetts and had two children. When Sylvia's husband left her for another women she was deeply depressed and wrote her famous book, Ariel. She went on to write a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. The winter of 1963 was very tough and Sylvia ended up committing suicide on February 11th. Her ex husband published three of her poems after she had died and she was the first poet to posthumously win the Pulitzer Prize.
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This poem is about Sylvia's father. She lost him when she was only 10 years old. That was the start of her depression. She talks about how she see's him everywhere. Every German she thinks is him. She talks about how when she was 20 she tried to kill herself too so she could be with her father again. She is a very sad and emotional person. This poem has some repetition. It also has a simile in the very first stanza saying "which I have lived like a foot." I feel like Sylvia's life would of been way different if her fathers death wouldn't of had such a harsh effect on her. But then we also wouldn't have these amazing poems from her.

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