In her brief but momentous career, Sylvia Plath rewrote the story that women writers could tell in poetry and, to some extent, in fiction and diaries as well. Writing avant la lettre of American feminism, and before Adrienne Rich's feminist awakening, Plath wrote unforgettable poems concerning women's victimization, rage, and rebellion. Having studied Sigmund Freud and James Frazer, she also wrote poems with psychoanalytic and mythic dimensions, the most startling and unsettling such poems of her time. These poems enact loss and grief in such a devastating fashion that one wonders how the reader, much less the author, can survive them. Plath also involved political and social realities in her dramas of disclosure, so that her …

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Axelrod, Steven. "Sylvia Plath". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 September 2003
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Plath's works

  1. Journals
  2. The Bell Jar

Related Groups

  1. Confessional Poetry