Women's Voice in the Poems of Sylvia Plath


  • Shilpi Sharma Department of English GDM College, Badaun




Womanhood, Sylvia Plath, society, trauma, feminist literature.


Women share equal rights and responsibilities in society but unfortunately, they suffer a lot based on their gender. Since time immemorial, women have been subjected to innumerable atrocities in humankind. Sylvia Plath has been a prominent figure in 20th century American literature. She is a well-known literary figure worldwide for writing on womanhood and a leading figure in the feminist literature of the 1960s. She has written about the woman, her sufferings, search for identity, and struggle to lead a happy life in her works. The present paper discusses her poems in which she has shown the condition of women in society. She has examined the problems in the poems like ‘Jailor’, ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Mushroom’, ‘The Applicant’ etc. are some of her poems that present the miseries of women that Sylvia Plath has faced in her life.



Bassnett, Susan. "The Struggle to Survive through Writing." Women Writers: Sylvia Plath. London: Macmillan, 1987.

Plath, Sylvia. "Laday Lazarus." edited by Ted Hughes. The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1981. 351. Print.

Plath, Sylvia. "The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962)." Kukil, Karen V. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (1950-1962). New York: Anchor Books, 2000. 1280.

Wagner-Martin, Linda. Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Print.




How to Cite

Shilpi Sharma , translator. “Women’s Voice in the Poems of Sylvia Plath”. Creative Saplings, vol. 1, no. 2, May 2022, pp. 30-35, https://doi.org/10.56062/gtrs.2022.1.2.5.

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