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Author Fun Facts: Sylvia Plath

Happy Monday Everyone!

So, I got out for the first time in two weeks, and I must say it was definitely an experience. People were wearing masks, and keeping their distance, which to me was a good thing, because I didn’t have 10 different employees ask me if I needed any help. Any whom, I decided to do another author fun facts post today, and today’s author is Sylvia Plath. This is another author that I have to admit I really don’t know a lot about, which is why I picked her because I wanted to know more about her.

So, let’s get these facts started!

  • She published her first poem at 8 years old
  • Her “bee poems” were inspired by her father, who was a bee expert
  • She also wrote children’s books
  • She was an intern at Mademoiselle magazine
  • She married another famous poet, Ted Hughes
  • In college she was an artist and created paintings
  • She committed suicide in the same house W. B. Yeats had once lived
  • Most of her poetry was published posthumously
  • She repeated the 5th grade
  • She was born on October 27, 1932
  • She died on February 11, 1963 at the age of 31
  • She struggled with depression throughout her life
  • Her son, Nicholas, also committed suicide
  • She is best know for “The Bell Jar”

Here is one of Sylvia’s poems that I found on the internet titled “Ariel”:

“Stasis in darkness.
Then the substanceless blue
Pour of tor and distances.

God’s lioness,
How one we grow,
Pivot of heels and knees!—The furrow

Splits and passes, sister to
The brown arc
Of the neck I cannot catch,

Nigger-eye
Berries cast dark
Hooks—

Black sweet blood mouthfuls,
Shadows.
Something else

Hauls me through air—
Thighs, hair;
Flakes from my heels.

White
Godiva, I unpeel—
Dead hands, dead stringencies.

And now I
Foam to wheat, a glitter of seas.
The child’s cry

Melts in the wall.
And I
Am the arrow,

The dew that flies
Suicidal, at one with the drive
Into the red

Eye, the cauldron of morning.”

If you would like to read more into these in depth facts about this amazing poet, please visit the sites below where I got the above facts:

https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/621084/liby-app-download-free-e-books-magazines-comic-books-audiobooks

Fascinating Facts About Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath: 8 Lesser-Known Facts About The Literary Darling

Sylvia Plath | Poetry Foundation

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