I Think I Made You Up Inside My Head

A Study of Sylvia Plath’s Tormented, Lovesick Villanelle

Niall O'Connell
Bouncin’ and Behavin’ Poems
9 min readJan 22, 2023


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Saturday Study #3

I have been unable to write a word of poetry this week. Instead, I have found myself reflecting on the life and work of one of my favourite poets, reading and re-reading today’s poem of choice, Mad Girl’s Love Song by Slyvia Plath, in preparation for this article. Perhaps the poem’s weight and profundity have kept me from being able to create — I have been haunted by this extraordinary piece since deciding a week ago to examine it in the third instalment of ‘Saturday Study’.

I am delighted that these weekly articles have been so well received, and would like to thank everyone for taking the time to read, comment and clap. I am struck by the curiosity and love for classic poetry that is out there on Medium and am touched by the messages of support. Thank you, in particular, to Martin Morrison for his stalwart editing and advice on how to polish and present the series.

As ever, I invite readers and poets to join the conversation, and I am eager to know more about the poetry that has brought something special to your life. So the tag is ‘Saturday Study’ — let’s start talking about poetry!