Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts. She was an Austrian descent from her mother side and of German descent from her father side and has one brother. She studied liberal arts at Smith College and earned a full scholarship to study at Newnham, College in England.
One of her most famous works are The Colossus and Other Poems published in 1960 Ariel in 1965, and The Bell Har in 1963. There are also many poetry books and novels were published after her death such as Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, and Letters Home.
She married Ted Hughes, also a poet in 1956 in the UK and married just a few months after courtship. A year later, they moved to the US to teach but then moved back to the UK two years later. She gave birth to a daughter in 1960, she miscarried on her second pregnancy, she gave birth to a son in January 1962. They separated due to Hughes affair and domestic violence in July 1962.
Plath had odd jobs in her first year of marriage with Hughes but eventually landed on her feet in 1962 where she published all her now-famous poems. Her work reflects a lot of life, death, bees (the couple kept bees), and even violence.
She was diagnosed as clinically depressed and suffered from it throughout her adult life, she also had many suicide attempts such as overdosing on pills and car accidents. In February 1963, she died of carbon monoxide poisoning, she was found by the nurse who helps with care with the children stuck her head in the over, Plath sealed the doors to her children’s room with towels and tapes to stop the fume coming into their room.
SYLVIA PLATH QUOTES COMPILATION
This collection of Sylvia Plath quotes are from all her poetry books and novels. You can get a copy of her printed books here.
“I thought how strange it had never occurred to me before that I was only purely happy until I was nine years old.”
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery. Air, mountains, trees, people. I thought: this is what it is to be happy.”
“Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.”
“The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.”
“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.”
“Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.”
“I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited.”
“But life is long. And it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion.”
“The silence depressed me. It wasn’t the silence of silence. It was my own silence.”
“I must get my soul back from you; I am killing my flesh without it.”
Plath was a very talented and remarkable writer, today. Today, Sylvia Plath’s work and legacy are appreciated and celebrated. Apart from her poetry and novels being continuously published, her life had been portrayed in pop culture.
I hope you found this Sylvia Plath quotes collection inspiring and helpful.