Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

Department Chair or Program Director

Richards, Gary

First Advisor

Scanlon, Mara

Major or Concentration



"Finding Sylvia: A Journey to Uncover the Woman Within Plath's Confessional Poetry" focuses on investigating the relationship between Sylvia Plath's personal life and her confessional poetry. The paper explores and comments on how Plath's confessional and personal poetry both differ from and align with the writing in her letters, novel, and journals. It seeks to comment on how confessional poetry should be viewed by the reader, and how confessional poetry can be an expression of truth while also being a form of writing that heavily depends on creativity. It discusses the many theories surrounding readings of Plath, and argues that the best way to read Plath is to simply read and allow her voice to speak for her, rather than expecting to find a truer version of Plath hiding in her journal entries or letters.