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October 27th is Sylvia Plath Day
you're looking for something to do today then crack open a book because
it's Sylvia Plath Day! Ah yes... another day for poetry!
Let's get right into celebrating Sylvia Plath Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, this holiday actually got its start thanks to over 1,000
people from Northampton, Massachusetts, which is where Sylvia Plath
went to college at Smith College. The people I just mentioned set up a
petition and brought about this holiday because today is her birthday.
She was born on this day in 1932 and has not been forgotten. Why?
Because she gave the world quite a good amount of literature to feed
their brains and mustn't forget those who contribute such things to
society. Sylvia Plath was known for what they call "confessional
poetry" because she would include a lot of deep and personal
information about herself in her poetry. She may have only produced two
collections of poetry before her death, but in 1982 she became the
first poet to ever win the Pulitzer Prize after they had died. And she
wasn't just a poet, she also wrote short stories and a novel.
was a hard worker and had pumped out over 50 short stories, by the time
she made it to Smith College. In fact, her first published poem was
published in the Boston Herald when she was eight! So as you can see,
she started out quite young. And she didn't seem to lose that spark for
writing when she made it to college because she was editing the college
magazine and winning all kinds of writing prizes. She may have died too
soon but she wrote enough to last a lifetime. Are you ready to
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, why don't you start
out by getting more acquainted with Sylvia Plath? Look into how she
grew up, what she had to go through and possibly find out what made her
want to write. You can only understand a writer so much when you focus
on just their writing, but when you look into their lives you can see
why they wrote what they did. Sometimes horrible events can spawn
beautiful art. But then you're always welcome to move onto
reading what she wrote. You could check out The Colossus and Other
Poems, Ariel or The Bell Jar if you want to read literature by her that
was published before her death. Or if you'd like dive deeper into some
unpublished gems that made it into book form after her death, you might
want to read Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, The Collected Poems,
Letters Home, Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams, The Bed Book and
many other books. And if you don't feel like reading then why
don't you write? If she were still alive, I'm sure that she would enjoy
hearing of masses of people writing on her day of birth. In fact, why
don't you write as if you were writing to her? Write in a poetic form
as if you were going to mail it to Sylvia Plath in hopes of impressing
her with your writing style. And not only that, but also "show her"
what influence she has had on your life. Have a great day and
enjoy your deep dive into her literature today!