Title should of read Poseurs instead of posuers! SORRY! And BDD instead of BPD.
Okay so I will assume that a lot of people here will not be too keen on Sylvia Plath, as she tends to have a following of poseurs who aren't interested in poetry and only to associate themselves with her because of the folklore of her being a "beautiful disaster" or the Bipolar poster girl...
But the annoying thing is, she IS NOT Bipolar, and there isn't a shred of evidence to suggest that she was. So why in the world are so many people online saying over and over about how "she is Bipolar just like me.' It does my head in, because so many people are saying they connect with her all because of Bipolar, even though she didn't have it. She went to the same hospital as Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton...both of these poets were diagnosed as Manic Depressive, but Sylvia never was during her time there...but apparently they was! Hell even Susana Kaysen stayed there and was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (Girl, interrupted author.)
Why don't they champion Anne Sexton as the poster girl all these people who have zero identity want to follow and pretend they have an interest in their poetry. Anne Sexton was VERY, VERY Bipolar and her poetry rings true with Bipolar sufferers way, way more than any of Sylvia Plath's poetry. I also rate her a lot more highly than Plath.
I do wonder though that they purposely choose not to use Sexton's name as much, as the history of her mania and the things she did paint a very true picture of what a lot sufferers are, although want to forget they are. They seem to want to portray the "misunderstood genius" as Bipolar, who written her greatest work in a sudden spate of a "bipolar mania induced creativity wave." That is speaking of the Ariel volume btw, but I find it extremely unfair and insulting to her memory that people dare say that they connect with her because of Bipolar.
This is coming from someone with Bipolar by the way, I've lost count the amount of clueless people on Bipolar forums who have said "Oh I love her, (even though they only ever read Daddy) because she has Bipolar just like me and I really connect with her." But any time I've proven to them that it was never proven she had Bipolar, they never answer.
Why do they choose her over Sexton? Is it because of the story of their lives and the fact that Sexton was the true reality of Bipolar and all the negative impacts, and Plath was portrayed as highly sensitive, which is very true for people with Bipolar, but how Plath died and the circumstances is actually pretty damn normal for suicides. Her husband cheated on her for years, she kills herself...this happens to a lot of people, so why does this suddenly mean she is Bipolar?
What nags me most is how they seem to think her suicide is a tell tale sign of Bipolar...
Ted cheated on her for years, she really loved him though too, but he kept on cheating, she even destroyed a manuscript of the sequel to The Bell Jar because it detailed them falling in-love, but she destroyed it when she learnt of him cheating again.
Thousands of woman kill themselves because of cheating husbands going off seeing other women whilst they are at home with the kids...so why does Sylvia Plath suddenly become the face of Bipolar over this suicide? It is hardly an "odd" reason for someone to kill themselves over, it's not related to Bipolar in the slightest. So why do they say it is? arghhh hahaha