Sylvia Plath’s life was short, but more than 50 years after her death, her cruel and honest poetry often reflected her strong emotions and continued to move generations of readers. Her work shows us a sensitive soul, who, after a fever and depressive episode, spends most of her adult life ill.
To celebrate Plath’s contribution to poetry, Google dedicated its Doodle to the acclaimed American writer on his 87th birthday. Today’s graffiti reflects her poetry, which usually describes winter and frost; her emotional prose is considered clever, ironic and surreal.
Born in Boston on October 27, 1932, Plath showed his hopes as a writer at the age of eight after his father’s death. The day after her first visit to her father’s grave, she wrote Electra on the azalea trail, a poem that represents her grief and inner feelings after the loss of her father.
Her depressive episodes often occur in the winter and are associated with the premature death of her father. She is best known for her poetry collections, The Colosseus and Other Poems, “Ariel” and “The Poems,” which were published after her death in 1981 and won a Pulitzer Prize 20 years after her death.
Her only novel, The Bell Tank, is a semi-autobiographical case of mental illness that reflects Plath’s own experience. A year after Plath committed suicide in 1962 at the age of 30, it was published under a pseudonym.