Literature Meme: 1/5 poets
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”
Best known for her two published collections of poetry, “The Colossus and Other Poems” and “Ariel”, Sylvia Plath was an American poet who lived from 1932 to 1963. She was a remarkable poet who could covered such themes as death, victimization, motherhood, and the body and self. All of which were very close to her in her life.
She was born in Boston, from a very young age it was clear that words came easy to her. She learned how to speak quicker than other children and by the age of eight years old she was writing full fledged poems. Her father died of untreated diabetes four weeks after her eighth birthday. It is believed that she was greatly affected by this and was one of the triggers to the depression that she suffered from for the rest of her life.
As just mentioned, Plath’s life was riddled with depression, and she had at least two suicide attempts. The final one, ending her life when she was thirty(although some would argue that it wasn’t a suicide, there is much evidence toward how much care she took to it to prove otherwise). She died by sticking her head in a gas oven on February 11, 1963, the gas killing her.