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Sylvia Plath – On Rigorous Definition of Emotion

If you are experiencing heightened emotions right now and want to see if there was anyone who has written about it then Alas! You have found her.

The famous writer who can teach you a thing or two about the expression of emotion is none other than – Sylvia Plath.

Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. Born in Boston, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College at the University of Cambridge before receiving acclaim as a poet and writer.

Excerpts from “The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath” will open your heart and your mind to different emotions that you may have experienced in the past or experiencing at the moment.

In Sylvia Plath’s works, one can find a profound exploration of the human psyche and its intricate connection to emotions. Her words resonate with a raw authenticity that speaks directly to the heart. Through her poems, novels, and short stories, Plath delves into the depths of human experience, unafraid to confront the complexities of joy, sorrow, love, and despair. Her unique ability to capture the essence of these emotions allows readers to find solace in the shared human experience. As you immerse yourself in the pages of her writings, you’ll discover a kindred spirit who, like you, has navigated the tumultuous sea of feelings. Sylvia Plath’s legacy is not just in her literary prowess but in her unwavering courage to lay bare the raw, unfiltered truth of what it means to be human.

On Writing:

“And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

“let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

On impression:

“Kiss me, and you will see how important I am.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

On sex:

“Yes, I was infatuated with you: I am still. No one has ever heightened such a keen capacity of physical sensation in me. I cut you out because I couldn’t stand being a passing fancy. Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. And you weren’t having any of those.”
― Sylvia PlathThe Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Whatever the matter is, Sylvia Plath has a way of saying something beautiful about her occurring emotions. If ever you feel like writing to someone or even to yourself, you can learn something from how Plath articulates her sentiments. Remember that in order to achieve something beautiful in writing, one must feel a passion to inscribe what they feel from their mind, body, and soul.

Sylvia Plath's writing
Sylvia Plath
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