Sylvia Plath is one of the most famous poets of the 20th century, and certainly one of the most tragic. Being born in 1932 and living only 30 years before taking her own life, Plath is a poet who battled with the struggles of mental health from a very young age. Her first suicide attempt in 1953, when she was only 19 years old, became the inspiration for ‘The Bell Jar’. She spent the next six months in psychiatric care before returning to finish college.
Her poetry spans across themes of her own mental health, motherhood, family, and touches on her own relationships, especially that of her marriage to fellow writer, Ted Hughes.
Plath’s poetry is beautiful to read, heavy in theme yet incredibly skilled, it is obvious why she has become one of the most acclaimed poets of the 20th century; her work touching and moving people long after her passing.
Top 16 Sylvia Plath Poems