Biography of Sylvia Plath

Biography of Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath was born on 27th October 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts united states. Her mother, named Aurelia Schober, was a student of master’s at Boston University there she met Plath’s father, Otto Plath, who was her professor at that university. They were married in January;1932. Otto used to teach them German and biology, with a focus on the study of bees.

In the year 1940, when Sylvia was only eight years old, her father died due to diabetes. He had been a strict father, “Sylvia kept a journal when she was eleven and published her poems in regional magazines and several newspapers. Her first national publication of poems was in the Christian Science Monitor in 1950, just after graduating from high school she chose poetry as her career.

Education and Career

In 1950, Sylvia started her journey at Smith College, where she graduated summa cum laude in the year 1955. After graduation, Sylvia moved to Cambridge, England. In early 1956, she attended a party and met the very famous English poet Ted Hughes. After a few months of knowing each other completely, Sylvia and Hughes got married, on 16 June 1956.

Plath returned to Massachusetts U.S.A in 1957 and began studying. Her first collection of poems, Colossus, was published in 1960 in England, and two years later in the US. She returned to England, where she gave birth to Frieda and Nicholas her kids in 1962.


Plath’s work is singled out for the intense coupling of its violent or disturbed imagination and its playful thoughts of alliteration and rhyme which is interesting to read.

Although only one of her poems Colossus was published while she was alive, Plath was a prolific poet and a writer, and in addition to Ariel, Hughes published three more volumes of her work simultaneously, including The Collected Poems, which was her achievement of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize. She was the first poet to posthumously win a Pulitzer Prize from the US.

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