|Plath On The Beach|
One note, though: Plath's influence has not gone away, which is striking. She continues to empower young men and women (and sometimes even me), to express powerful feelings, and to do so artfully, or, if artlessly, then originally. She is, arguably, the woman poet closest to the myth of Rimbaud, or Byron - doomed, young, unique, erotic - and as such, foundational. One of the greats of the last century, then, despite and because of her strange desires, delusions, and demands. Pop stars and actresses can pretend to be her, but you can't outdo Plath - you can merely build on her work, likely in combination with other styles and influences.