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Poem of the Week: Mad Girl’s Love Song

Mad Girl’s Love Song’ is the poem that finally convinced me poetry wasn’t some elite art form whose deepest values would forever evade me. It’s one of those poems that I wish I’d written myself. A foray into my own soul, these six stanzas rang true to me at first sight, exposing thoughts and feelings […]

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Introducing Sylvia Plath for International Women’s Day

Content warning: suicide mention and mention of mental illness Sylvia Plath remains today one of the most influential and noteworthy women in literature, her fiercely emotional poetry holding a disconcerting mirror up to readers and the society in which they live. Plath was born in 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts and went on to study at […]

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This Week in History: Sylvia Plath is born

October 27 marks the 85th anniversary of the birth of Sylvia Plath, a poet and novelist whose work retains an iconic status even 54 years after her death. Plath was born in Boston in 1932 to Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober and grew up by the sea. Trauma cut into her early childhood, however, with […]

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Sylvia Plath Poetry Discussion at the Scottish Poetry Library

With a “nothing but the poem” approach – excluding most authorial context and external criticisms from the discussion – the Scottish Poetry Library’s latest subject was the work of Sylvia Plath. While Plath is a poet whose distressing life story is hard to completely ignore when discussing her work, the discussion was mostly focussed on […]