It might seem odd to see hope in poetry written by someone who took her own life, but for me it shows that however low we feel, or how insignificant we might think we are, we still may have created beauty that will outlast us. We may not have all written poetry, but we may well have spoken a kindness, given a smile or expressed an encouragement into another person’s life, that had a great impact. It is our small actions, as well as our seemingly large ones, that change lives. And Plath’s work has given hope and meaning to a great many readers. Beauty, however sad or even difficult, always improves the world.
Photo and text © Keren Dibbens-Wyatt 2017