Wednesday, May 8

Facts about Sylvia Plath


Learn some quick facts about 

Sylvia Plath.  


This week’s famous poet is Sylvia Plath. Last week’s famous poet was William Shakespeare

Sylvia Plath was a famous poet and author. She wrote over four hundred poems. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents’ names are Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober. She had one sibling.


Continue reading to find out more about Sylvia Plath. 


Here is a list of some poems by Sylvia Plath: 

  • April Aubade
  • Cinderella
  • Morning Song
  • Heavy Woman
  • Frog Autumn
  • April 18
  • Elm
  • Lorelei
  • Kindness
  • Barren Woman

Parents/caretakers, be sure poems are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.


Do you like poetry? 



Quick facts about Sylvia Plath: 

1. Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932. She died on February 11, 1963 in London, England. She was thirty years old. She died from carbon monoxide poisoning. She is buried at St. Thomas A. Beckett Churchyard, Heptonstall, England.

2. Sylvia Plath was not only a poet; she also wrote two books. The books are titled:

  • The Bell Jar
  • It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit and other stories

3. The following is one of Sylvia Plath’s poems:


Clownlike, happiest on your hands,  

Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,  

Gilled like a fish. A common-sense  

Thumbs-down on the dodo’s mode.  

Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,  

Trawling your dark as owls do.  

Mute as a turnip from the Fourth  

Of July to All Fool’s Day,

O high-riser, my little loaf.


Vague as fog and looked for like mail.  

Farther off than Australia.

Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.  

Snug as a bud and at home  

Like a sprat in a pickle jug.  

A creel of eels, all ripples.  

Jumpy as a Mexican bean.  

Right, like a well-done sum.  

A clean slate, with your own face on.

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. In 1941, Sylvia Plath’s first poem was published in the Boston Herald. She was eight years old.

Here is the poem:

"Hear the crickets chirping | in the dewy grass. Bright little fireflies | twinkle as they pass."

5. Sylvia Plath was educated at Smith College in Massachusetts and Newnham College in England.

6. Sylvia Plath had one sibling:

  • Warren Joseph Plath (1935-2021)

7. Sylvia Plath married Ted Hughes. They had two children:

  • Frieda Rebecca Hughes (1960-)
  • Nicholas Farrar Hughes (1962-2009)

8. For most of Sylvia Plath’s adult life, she suffered from severe mental illness. Her mental illness was treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and other treatments.

9. Sylvia Plath’s mother had her take an IQ (intelligence quotient) test when she was twelve. She scored 160 on the test. Any score above 140 is considered a genius level.




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Books by Sylvia Plath and others: 

  1. The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit by Sylvia Plath
  2. Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems


Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children. 


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“I love people. Everybody. I love them, I think, as a stamp collector loves his collection. Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me.”—Sylvia Plath




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