Sylvia Plath and the linguistics of depression

Could the type of language people use reveal something about their state of mind? A close reading of Sylvia Plath’s journals suggest it might be possible. The Open University’s Zsófia Demjén takes a look.

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Plath’s time at the McLean hospital in Belmont inspired her best-known work, The Bell Jar. Image by John Phelan under CC-BY licence

Looking at the language

Plath’s use of metaphor

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