Sylvia Plath Day is celebrated on October 27 in the United States and is dedicated to the American poetess Sylvia Plath, who made a huge contribution to literature. The holiday was founded by Michael Haley, a writer from Massachusetts, in 2001 and has since been supported by more and more people around the world.
Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Boston. She spent her childhood in Wellesley with her mother and brother and had an early start in writing when, at 8 years old, her poem was published in the American daily newspaper, the Boston Herald. She was academically successful, receiving an increased scholarship for college, and wrote poems and stories that were published in various publications and women’s magazines. Tragically, Plath passed away but her work continues to live on.
- Sylvia’s father was a beekeeper who died of advanced diabetes; many of her poems were dedicated to him.
- She worked as an intern at Mademoiselle magazine.
- Her husband was also a famous poet.
- Her tombstone was desecrated more than once by vandals.
- The concept of “depressive poet” was born in psychology in her honor.
- She wrote a collection of books for children.
How to take part
To take part in the celebration of Sylvia Plath Day, read the full story of her life, from infancy to her final days. Understand the difficulties she faced and how she suffered. Reflect on how her poems reflect her pain, joy, misunderstanding and happiness. Finally, share her works on social media and be filled with creativity!
When is Sylvia Plath Day celebrated in 2023?
Sylvia Plath Day is observed on October 27 each year.