Sylvia Plath Poems

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Sylvia Plath
Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas, detailing her struggle with depression. Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry that Robert Lowell and W.D. Snodgrass initiated. Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, to Aurelia Schober Plath, a first-generation American of Austrian descent, and Otto Emile Plath, an immigrant from Grabow, Germany. Plath's father was a professor of zoology and German at Boston University and a noted bees specialist.Plath's mother was approximately twenty-one years younger than her husband. In 1934, Plath's brother Warren was born.[1] The family moved to Winthrop in 1936 during the Great Depression, where Plath spent much of her childhood on Johnson Avenue. Plath's mother, Aurelia, had grown up in Winthrop, Massachusetts, and her maternal grandparents, the Schobers, had lived in a section of the town called Point Shirley, a location mentioned in Plath's poetry. Plath published her first poem in Winthrop, in the Boston Herald's children's section, when she was eight years old.

black rook in rainy weather
On the stiff twig up there
Hunches a wet black rook
Arranging and rearranging its feathers... [read poem]
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