Mad Girl's Love Song
By Sylvia Plath
"I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad. Or I can go mad by ricocheting in between."
Plath is well known for her confessional poetry--poetry that focuses on extreme moments of individual experience--and her two published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel.
Plath battled with depression throughout her life; though prescribed antidepressants by her close friend and doctor John Horder, she committed suicide at the young age of thirty. Her semi-autobiographical novel The Bell Jar was published shortly before her death.
- Written in 1951 during Plath's college years
- Generally included in the biographical note of The Bell Jar
- The poem was first published in the August 1953 edition of Mademoiselle