It's 50 years ago today that Sylvia Plath lost her life-long battle with depression, and took her own life.

Since then her reputation as a poet has grown and grown, but it is still the semi-autobiographical novel 'The Bell Jar' for which she is best known and loved.

The story of young woman struggling with mental health and suffocating in the sexist society of 1960s America was the subject of controversy recently, when a new book cover appeared to try and repackage 'The Bell Jar' as 'chick-lit'. The incident was a timely reminder of Plath's enduring legacy and her importance to new generations of readers.

To mark the sad anniversary of her death, we've gathered some of our favourite lines of wisdom she left behind.

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  • Sylvia Plath

    "There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Kiss me and you will see how important I am."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead; I lift my eyes and all is born again."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Widow. The word consumes itself."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call."

  • Sylvia Plath

    "Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both."