Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was an American poet, novelist, children’s and short story author who is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry.
You ask me why I spend my life writing?
Do I find entertainment?
Is it worthwhile?
Above all, does it pay?
If not, then, is there a reason? …
I write only because
There is a voice within me
That will not be still.
source: Plath, S. (1975). Letters home: correspondence 1950-1963. New York: Harper & Row, p. 34. Ms. Plath wrote this poem at age 16; she committed suicide at 30 … “took her own life” as the expression goes.