How does Plath's mental illness affect her life and work?

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Sylvia's life influenced her work significantly. She suffered from Bipolar disorder. Because of her disease, she was able to capture the internal aspect of what her time called "madness". Her personal experience also caused her to question what madness actually is. Was she mad because she was depressed? This is a main question in her book.