Why should you read Sylvia Plath?

Sarah Saidan (2019)

Explore the haunting and intimate works of poet Sylvia Plath, who digs into issues of mental health, trauma and sexuality in works like The Bell Jar.

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am.”

-Sylvia Plath

Under her shrewd eye and pen, Sylvia Plath turned everyday objects into haunting images: a “new statue in a drafty museum,” a shadow in a mirror, a slab of soap. Her breathtaking perspectives and unflinching language made her a touchstone for readers seeking to break the silence around issues of trauma, frustration and sexuality. Iseult Gillespie shares why Plath’s writing continues to captivate.

Lesson by Iseult Gillespie, directed by Sarah Saidan, narrated by Bethany Cutmore-Scott, and music by Stephen LaRosa.