Sylvia Plath: My Poet of Sorrow

A Taliswoman Short

Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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Original image by the author (Plath image from Wikipedia)

Before I knew her words, I knew her story — but I knew it slant.

As a child, I knew she killed herself by putting her “head in the oven,” and I thought that meant she burned her head off. I was 11 and had thought a lot about suicide; to burn one’s head off seemed unspeakably courageous.

As a depressed teen, I read The Bell Jar as a rite of passage. I was jealous that Sylvia Plath was able to articulate what I felt.

Nothing prepared me for Ariel and its flaming-haired anger — how I felt those poems in my bones!

A decade before I was born, she killed herself at 30. She left her children with their father, her tormentor, Ted Hughes. At the time, his lover was pregnant. She too would kill herself soon.

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Leah Welborn
The Shortform

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