Her strong and conflicting emotions of love, hate, anger and grief at the loss of her father were to affect Sylvia for the rest of her life.

In junior high, she continued to write and would publish her poems and drawings in the school newspaper.

Aurelia had graduated second in her high school class, was valedictorian of her Boston University undergraduate class, and was a teacher of English and German studying for her master's degree.

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Another girl described Plath's increasingly strange behavior just before their time in the program ended.

Sylvia came into her room one night asking to borrow a dress because, she claimed, she had thrown all of hers off of the roof of the hotel.

These successes in publication came after much hard work and persistence in submitting her writing to numerous periodicals.

Time after time the rejection slips would come -- sometimes causing Plath to begin doubting her abilities and fearing she had lost her talent.

Having earned the position through an application process started the previous Fall, the experiences of this month were to mark a turning point for Plath.

On one particular day, she missed an unplanned lunch her editing manager spent with Dylan Thomas.

The original article stated that modern man must rely on the ability to reason in order to further society.

Plath's response argued that, beyond reason, one needed to connect with and embrace inner divinity and spirituality to fully live.

ylvia Plath demonstrated a talent for words when she began speaking at a much earlier age than most children and was writing complete poems by the age of five.

Her parents, Otto Plath and Aurelia Schober had met when Otto was the professor for one of Aurelia's courses at Boston University.

It was a short poem, "about what I see and hear on hot summer nights," but it was her first publication, at the age of eight.