For the eighth day of National Poetry Month I’m sharing a poem by Sylvia Plath. She was a confessional 20th century poet, also married to fellow poet, Ted Hughes.
Mental health illness is one of the biggest untreated issues in the United States. Sylvia Plath herself suffered from manic depression. From which there was no medication to treat it at the time. She tried to commit suicide by swallowing sleeping pills at the age of 19.
Sylvia survived the attempt and received electro-shock therapy treatment. Her experiences from that period of time led to the writing and publication of The Bell Jar. She committed suicide again after the dissolution of her marriage and after writing Ariel. She gassed herself with the kitchen oven. And died at the age of 30.
Here is a reading of Lady Lazarus read by Sylvia Plath: