Sylvia Plath. 1932-1963 “The blood jet is poetry / there is no stopping it.”. A brief biography: childhood. After discovering poetry, Sylvia said I “had fallen into a new way of being happy.”. Born in Boston on October 27, 1932, to Aurelia Schober and Otto Plath
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“The blood jet is poetry / there is no stopping it.”
After discovering poetry, Sylvia said I “had fallen into a new way of being happy.”
“I still do not know myself. Perhaps I never will. I am afraid of getting older. I am afraid of getting married…I want, I think, to be omniscient…I think I would like to call myself the girl who wanted to be God. . . . Never, never, will I reach the perfection I long for with all my soul. . . .” (diary, age 17)
He was “very simply the only man I’ve ever met whom I could never boss.” (Sylvia to friends)
Sylvia & Ted’s relationship was passionate and tumultuous
She was attracted to his physical power, his way with animals esp owls, his reputation as a poet, and appreciated his encouragement of her poetry
She feared losing him
1962 – the beginning of the end
June: 2nd suicide attempt – driving car off the road
July: Discovers Ted’s affair with Assia Weevill.
Sept: They separate
Oct: She writes 26 poems in one month
Dec: She takes her 2 children and moves into a maisonette in London
She prepares Ariel, a collection of 41 poems