Sylvia Plath and the line between self-expression and self-harm.

The relationship between “genius” and “madness” has been discussed in both artistic and psychological circles for thousands of years, dating as far back as 384 BC when Aristotle stated “There is no great genius without some touch of madness.” (Wist, 2004)  However, the link between seemingly innate creativity and mental illness has only been closely observedContinue reading “Sylvia Plath and the line between self-expression and self-harm.”

‘Death of a Naturalist’ – How Seamus Heaney’s connection to nature illustrates the passage of time.

“The fruit fermented, the sweet flesh would turn sour,” writes Heaney in his coming-of-age poem Blackberry-Picking (Death of a Naturalist, 1999). It is this process of growth, life and death found in every corner of Seamus Heaney’s beloved natural world that plagues his poetry collection ‘Death of a Naturalist’. Heaney was raised in County Derry, NorthernContinue reading “‘Death of a Naturalist’ – How Seamus Heaney’s connection to nature illustrates the passage of time.”