Sylvia Plath and Confessional Poetry; The Original Angst

Sylvia Plath is a complicated and intense woman, and those attributes are reflected in her art. Even today, it is difficult for one to find a woman who challenges the societal norm by daring to be angry. Plath is not just angry, she is livid, depressed, harrowingly frustrated and deeply torn. While admitting this plays into the “crazy and emotional” stereotype of women, it also challenges the notion that only male artists are entitled to be deeply troubled, even suicidal. Once one gets past the idea of “whiney women”, Plath’s poetry is strikingly real and raw. Her use of imagery is legendary; she broke down the door for confessional poets such as Anne Sexton. She also integrates metaphors, usually violent, that force the reader to feel the anger she feels. Sylvia Plath is an uncommon poet, one in a million, who is able to write exactly as they feel in an acutely poetic and artistic way.

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