Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

I’ve been reading a biography about Sylvia Plath for the past few weeks. I find her life story sad. It seems she was devastated by her father’s death and felt controlled by her mother to a great extent. So I understand the things that drove her to write and try to get her writing published. But honestly, if I had not read her life story, I would never understand her poetry. I still cannot get into her poetry even now. I’ve also tried reading The Bell Jar, but alas, I guess I am just not a fan of her work.

However, I do want to say that I find it very sad that a woman so young took her own life. It seems she was mentally ill, perhaps from early on. I understand feeling that depressed and desperate, though. But to all my artist and writing friends, I just want to say, we only get one chance at life. Don’t let it pass you by without trying to leave something of yourself behind. Something encouraging. Something good. Something others will want to share and pass on. We only get once chance to leave our mark.

Make it a beautiful one.

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When I began this blog I was simply going to share my writing. However, after being part of the blogging world for quite some time now, I decided to begin sharing my artwork. Patsy's Creative Corner will always have my artwork. Thanks for visiting! :)

Posted on September 5, 2013, in Art Talk and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I have Plath’s published journals to read soon. She was so bright and talented; so sad that she felt she had no other options. I think I heard this is Suicide Prevention Week… a timely post, Patsy. I appreciate that you tried to get into her work at least. 😉

    Again, lovely to meet you,


  2. I looked her up online and yes it is a tragic story and then her son did the same thing years later…


  3. Well said, whitefeather, your message is a good one even though you’re not a fan.
    Wishing you a lovely day 🙂


  4. I’m not sure I’m understanding what you mean by “just the opposite”? I was trying to convey that Plath’s suicide was a tragedy. Many think she was gifted – great! I personally don’t care for her writing, but I’m not saying she didn’t mean a great deal to many people, especially her mother and brother….she did. My point of this was to encourage anyone who may be so depressed they may be contemplating suicide. She took a tragic way out of living her life. I empathize with her pain, though.
    I am sorry about your mother’s death. My mother just died 7 years ago, and she was my best friend, but she died from complications from an operation. Nevertheless, the loss was still devastating to me. I hope that helps.


  5. I think I’ll read her biography, thanks for the tip!!


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