To Live & Learn

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I want to taste and glory in each day,
and never be afraid to experience pain;
and never shut myself up
in a numb core of non-feeling,
or stop questioning and criticizing life
and take the easy way out.
To learn and think:
to think and live;
to live and learn:
this always, with new insight,
new understanding,
and new love.

- Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

 


Credits: Quote Source: Petrichour. Painting: Ufukorada

 

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  1. I love this poem and studied Plath at Uni. We live in the Northwest of England and have seen her grave a few times which is weirdly compelling with bizarre gifts and pens which have been left by visitors. I’ll take a picture and post it next time I visit if you would like to see it.

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    • Wow, I agree with the characterization of “weirdly compelling.” Yes, if you could send me a picture, I’d love to see it. Thank you for sharing. Your comment will stick with me for some time. (I didn’t study Plath. In fact, hadn’t heard of her until about a year ago. And now, find her writings to be a keen attraction.)

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  2. Reblogged this on Writing Out Loud and commented:
    One of the best Sylvia Plath comments I had read.

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  3. I love this poem as it is exactly what Plath fought against. She did fear pain. She did go numb. And her thinking drove her to the edge.

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  4. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    The best way to live life!!!

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  5. yes, what a wonderful quote from this amazingly talented woman who struggled so with all of this.

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  6. Seen in the context of her eventual demise, this poem reads to me as a desperate cry for help and a release from her demons.

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  7. it’s amazing how one can describe one’s situation that affects other people. It speaks to me. BTW, i really like your “theme”. I might play around with mine while I “freeze” the site for the summer. Have a wonderful summer, David.

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  8. So interesting; I’d just gotten reintroduced to The Bell Jar.

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  9. Love it.

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  10. Lovely poem. That painting is superb.

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