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Sylvia Plath & Charles Bukowski: The Link Between Mental Illness and Literature, Part 2


CHARLES BUKOWSKI – American Poet (1920 – 1994)

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SYLVIA PLATH – American Poet (1932 – 1963)

Charles Bukowski printed numerous writings and spent a lifetime suffering from manic-depression.   His works stand as evidence of a brain fueled with bipolar tendencies and is apparent throughout most forms of his writings.  In Screams From the Balcony he writes about his experience with manic-depression:

I have come through a green and red war these last 2 months.  My side lost but I am still more alive than ever, in a sense.  We have to pass through things, again, again – arguing with a knife blade, a bottle, weeping like a cunt in menopause, afraid to stop out a door…afraid of birds, fleas, mice…encircled by a clock, a typewriter, a half-open closet door full of ghosts, killers, horrors, like sea-bottoms.  And then it ends.  You are calm again.  As calm as…a garage mechanic.   I think of D. H. Lawrence title: Look We Have Come Through (30).

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Sylvia Plath & Charles Bukowski: The Link Between Mental Illness and Literature, Part 2

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  1. I don’t think it’s possible to glean from literature, and retroactively, a writer’s mental illness. My opinion –is that I don’t think these writers would have liked having such a label (any such label, perhaps) imposed on them.

    I’m sorry I do not agree with you, I am just expressing my opinion on the matter.

 

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