Why we should all read Sylvia Plath

Last year, Sylvia Plath was named young people’s favourite poet after a survey of 11 to 17-year-old writers. Why do you think that is?

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  1. How do you think Plath was feeling when she wrote: “I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am”? Do you think this quotation is positive or negative? Discuss your ideas with a partner.
  2. If you had to write a collection of poems about your life, what would you name it and what would it look like? Design your own front cover and share it with the class!