Year: 1993 Source: Omega, v.28, no.1, (1993-94), p.79-84 SIEC No: 19930919

Some scholars have argued that writing poetry was harmful for the psychological health of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. This author argues, that while both writers seem to have suffered from affective disorders, their poetry probably provided a cathartic benefit for them. Therefore, their writing may have helped both of these poets to survive longer that they might have had they not written.