Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is a classic in the literary world, but despite the acclaimed reputation that grew around her because of this novel, it is her poetry that defines her the best. Plath’s story ended tragically when she took her own life, and the young age at which she passed away (at only 30 years old) has left her name with a haunting and ghost-like aura surrounding it. Perhaps that’s why it comes as such a shock to listen to this recording of her reciting her own beloved poem, “Daddy.”
Perfectly performed, this audio recording gives me the goosebumps. Plath’s tone and stylized reading gives off precise sentiments that work to cement the already daring poem. Press play, close your eyes, and focus your attention on this rare and beautiful reading. Sylvia Plath may have left us way too soon, but at least her work can live on forever.
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Sylvia Plath is a literary legend who mastered not only the poetry game but left behind one of the most beloved autobiographical novels of all time, The Bell Jar. So it’s not too much of a shocker that she’s a hot topic in books that are still being published over 50 years past her untimely passing.
Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953, a fictional novel by Elizabeth Winder, examines Plath’s youth as she spends a hot and humid summer in New York City during her college years. The most interesting part of this summer? It basically sets the framework for what would become The Bell Jar.
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