Website to debut previously unpublished Plath poem

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October 31, 2006 01:20

An unpublished sonnet that Sylvia Plath wrote in college while pondering themes in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby will appear Wednesday in an online literary journal. Plath, who committed suicide in 1963 at the age of 30, wrote "Ennui" in 1955 in her senior year at Smith College, said Anna Journey, a graduate student in creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. Journey discovered the sonnet while researching Plath archives at Indiana University. The poem will be featured in Blackbird, published online by VCU's English department and New Virginia Review. In her personal copy of Fitzgerald's book, Journey said, Plath wrote the phrase "L'Ennui" - boredom - next to a passage in which Jay Gatsby's love interest, Daisy Buchanan, complains that "I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything."


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