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Artists often struggle with intense emotions, and poets are no different. There have been several notable poet suicides that have shocked the world. Many of these poets who killed themselves did so after suffering from depression for many years. Some famous poet suicides have been debated as being cover-ups for foul play.

Who are some famous poets who committed suicide? Sylvia Plath committed suicide on February 11, 1963, at the age of 30, by placing her head in the oven. She sealed off the kitchen with wet towels to stop the gas from drifting into the room where her children were sleeping. On October 4, 1974, Anne Sexton committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in her Boston garage.

Under the threat of going to prison for his radical politics, Nicolas Chamfort attempted to kill himself in 1793. He shot himself in the face, but the gun misfired, wounding his nose and jaw. He then used a paper knife to stab himself in the neck and torso. He was soon discovered and lived an additional six months before finally succumbing to his wounds. Other famous poets who committed suicide include Beatrice Hastings, Sara Teasdale, and Karin Boye.

Why do you think so many brilliant poets take their own lives? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Sylvia Plath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Poets Who Committed Suicide
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Sylvia Plath committed suicide on February 11, 1963, at the age of 30, by placing her head in the oven. She sealed off the kitchen with wet towels to stop the gas from drifting into the room where her children were sleeping.

Age: Died at 31 (1932-1963)

Birthplace: Jamaica Plain, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Works: The Bell Jar, Ariel, The Collected Poems, Mad Girl's Love Song, Daddy, + more

Also Ranked

#12 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#48 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#93 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#50 on The Greatest Poets of All Time

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Anne Sexton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Poets Who Committed Suicide
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On October 4, 1974, Anne Sexton committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in her Boston garage. She had made made several attempts to take her own life over the years.

Age: Died at 46 (1928-1974)

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States of America

Works: Verwandlungen / Transformations, All My Pretty Ones, Live or Die, Liebesgedichte / Verwandlungen. Englisch / Deutsch, All meine Lieben / Lebe oder Stirb, + more

Also Ranked

#71 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#13 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

#51 on The Best American Poets

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Nicolas Chamfort is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Poets Who Committed Suicide
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Under the threat of going to prison for his radical politics, Nicolas Chamfort attempted to kill himself in 1793. He shot himself in the face, but the gun misfired, wounding his nose and jaw. He then used a paper knife to stab himself in the neck and torso. He was soon discovered, and lived an additional six months before finally succumbing to his wounds.

Age: Died at 53 (1741-1794)

Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France

Works: Maxims and considerations

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Beatrice Hastings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Poets Who Committed Suicide
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Beatrice Hastings committed suicide by inhaling gas in 1943. She had been suffering from cancer at the time of her death.

Age: Died at 64 (1879-1943)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

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