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October 27th is Sylvia Plath Day

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If 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!


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.

She 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 start reading?


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 Or if you'd like dive deeper into some unpublished gems that made it into book form after her death, you might want to read Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, The Collected Poems, Letters Home, Johnny Panic and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!

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