Document Type


Date of Award



College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences (COLABS)

Degree Name

MA in English

First Advisor

Professor Michael D. Sollars


The purpose of this thesis is to explore graveyard poetry in union with the poetry of Sylvia Plath. Because Sylvia Plath is best known as a confessional poet, it is imperative to also recognize her as a graveyard poet. In recognizing her poetry as a contribution to graveyard poetry, this thesis will highlight varying themes of death both tangible and intangible. This thesis will also examine Sylvia Plath's life chronologically in conjunction with her poetry. Several poems were examined that include poems from her Juvenilia, middle life and late life, for the duration of this thesis and the findings are that of Sylvia Plath being a great contributor to the form of graveyard poetry.