"There ought, I thought, to be a ritual for being born twice - patched, retreaded and approved for the road"

Like Esther Greenwood, Sylvia Plath also left hospital in January 1954, 'patched, retreaded and approved for the road'.

She returned to Smith College in February 1954 to repeat the second semester of her junior year and, following completion of her senior year, eventually graduated in the summer of 1955.

Listen to Sylvia Plath reading Lady Lazarus which deals with the theme of suicide and resurrection: