Sylvia Plath, Adolescent Poet (03:04)
The First Poetry Quartet will perform Plath's poems and dramatize excerpts from her letters. In 1945, Plath receives commendations from her teacher. She enters Smith College on a scholarship.
Smith College, 1950 (03:37)
Plath experiments with her use of words and poetry styles while at college. Unconcerned with publishing, she focuses on the evolutionary process of her writing.
Plath Analyzes Her Poetry (03:46)
Though she begins to receive acclaim and awards, still she maintains objectivity in her art. Plath wins a Fulbright scholarship to Cambridge in 1956.
Plath Marries Ted Hughes, 1956 (03:49)
Plath meets Ted Hughes, another poet at Cambridge, and they marry that year. Her poetry becomes braver as she strives for her authentic voice.
Plath and Hughes Separate, 1962 (05:27)
After the birth of two children, Sylvia and Ted separate. Sylvia is energized by the new freedom, producing a poem per day. Hear from "The Tour," and "The Applicant."
Depression Overtakes Plath,
A year after the breakup of her marriage, Plath's writing reveals a joyless outlook. Her poetry speaks of distance from her children, anger at her husband, and withdrawal from life.
1932 - 1963
Plath's last poem, "Edge", paints the image of a woman and two children in death. Plath takes her life on February 11, 1963.
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