Sylvia Plath

A 1962 Sylvia Plath Interview with Peter Orr

ORR: Sylvia, what started you writing poetry?

PLATH: I don't know what started me, I just wrote it from the time was quite small. I guess I liked nursery rhymes and I guess I thought I could do the same thing. I wrote my first poem, my first published poem, when I was eight-and-a-half years old. It came out in The Boston Traveller and from then on, I suppose, I've been a bit of a professional.

ORR: What sort of thing did you write about when you began?