Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together: Frieda and Nicholas. After suffering from depression from the age of 20 and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy.

Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for her two published collections: The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel. In 1982, she won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems. She also wrote The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death.

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Famous quotes by sylvia plath:

    Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
    Of your left ear, out of the wind,

    Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
    The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

    I have done it again.
    One year in every ten
    I manage it—
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

    Its snaky acids kiss.
    It petrifies the will. These are the isolate, slow faults
    That kill, that kill, that kill.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

    You are the one
    Solid the spaces lean on, envious.
    You are the baby in the barn.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

    Clownlike, happiest on your hands
    Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
    Gilled like a fish.
    Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)