Sylvia Plath

Poet

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. She is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry and is best known for two of her published collections, The Colossus and Other Poems and Ariel, as well as The Bell Jar, a semi-autobiographical novel published shortly before her death. 1 2 3

Daily Routine

Sylvia Plath’s personal journal provides an intimate insight into the thoughts and struggles she encountered on a day-to-day basis. A notable theme re-emerging throughout her entries was her continual battle in finding a consistent and productive writing routine.

Before Plath had children, she planned to write between 4 to 6 hours per day. Usually from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm and in the evening from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Not until the latter stages of her life did the American confessional poet generate some consistency in her routine. Plath regularly took sedatives to help her sleep and once their effects wore off around 5 am, she rose to write until her children woke up. Following this routine, Plath produced the majority of the works in Ariel.

After a near-constant struggled with depression, Plath committed suicide at age 30.