Why reducing Sylvia Plath to 140 characters makes her work that much more relevant, applicable and less emo.

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Twitter is sort of my shit — it’s the quickest way to take a break from whatever I’m doing during the day, usually get a few laughs, and get back to reality in under two minutes. My favorite account isn’t one that’s funny, though. It isn’t even one owned by someone who is currently living — it’s Sylvia Plath. Pulling quotes from letters, published works and interviews, the @itssylviaplath account is relevant and applicable to the lives of women today (not in that 13-year-old “I’m so sad and emo” sort of way, I promise). — Shayna Gonsalves

“What is my life for and what am I going to do with it? I don’t know and I’m afraid.”

Pretty sure I’ve been saying this one to myself in my own words for as long as I can remember. We never really know what we’re meant to do with ourselves until it miraculously happens one day, and it’s unnerving! Clearly everyone who is unsure of what to do is in good company.

“Something in me wants more. I can’t rest.”

Women everywhere, but especially in New York, are consistently busting their ass to try and make something of themselves. Working toward goals and dreams, it’s like we can never stop, and sometimes that’s an uncomfortable feeling (especially when those around you don’t seem to have that same sort of nervous urgency).

“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Similarly, despite our best efforts, we’re usually our worst, most critical enemies.

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“I want to be affected by life deeply, but never so blinded that I can’t see my existence in a humorous light and mock myself as I mock others”

A reminder to never take ourselves too seriously. It’s usually the case that we are more comfortable poking fun at others then we are at ourselves, and sometimes it is what we need most.

“It seemed silly to wash one day when I would only have to wash again the next. It made me tired just to think of it.”

Maybe this is just personal preference, but I am a little OCD about bathing, and no matter how exhausted I am, showering has to happen. Sorry, Sylvia.

“I wanted to tell you how you are beginning to be the one I can talk to.”

How special it is to find someone you can trust.

“When at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter.”

And then you realize how you might actually be as your deepest, darkest secrets come pouring out, and then you scare yourself for a minute, but only a minute.

“Do we, vampire-like, feed on each other?”

If this is a real question, then the real answer: probably.

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“How your bad dreams possess and endow me.”

Sometimes we let those we love dictate our every emotion because we are sponges and we care so much. Sometimes we need to learn how to draw a line, though — for our own sanity.

“How can you be so many women to so many people, oh you strange girl?”

Perky and attentive to your boss, sometimes moody/sometimes a doll to your significant other, a fantastic listener to your BFF, who you are is malleable depending upon your surroundings. And it is exhausting.

“There is a certain unique and strange delight about walking down an empty street alone.”

Which rarely happens in this city, but it’s always a surprise when it happens (albeit good or bad depends on exactly where you are).


“I had a dim idea that if I walked the streets of New York all night something of the city’s mystery and magnificence might rub off on to me.”

It doesn’t always, but it can. The first warm sunset, the first quiet snowfall. Try it. (Image via)

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my lids and all is born again.”

Am I the only person who openly goes through the mirror stage each and every morning?

“We dreamed how we were perfect, and we were.”

Because we are.

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