"I Wish That I Were Dead": Marilyn Monroe’s Poems And Notes Express Her Real Soul And Despair
Marilyn Monroe, model, actress, singer was arguably one of the most famous women of the twentieth century. Monroe has become an iconic representative of fame and female beauty. She is widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in American culture. While there are many fascinating facts about her life, one sphere has been rarely discussed.
Marilyn Monroe and poetry
The notebooks and jottings of Marilyn Monroe found after her death reveal her sensitive, cerebral character with a poetic soul. Her handwritten poems, letters and journal entries were published in a volume called Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters by Marilyn Monroe.
These notes are the writings of a poet, they are intimate, unfiltered, and often unsettling:
"On the stage—I will
not be punished for it
or be whipped
or be threatened
or not be loved
or sent to hell to burn with bad people
feeling that I am also bad.
or be afraid of my genitals being
exposed known and seen— "
Monroe also emerges in the pages of her notes as a surprisingly strong writer, capable of conveying very clearly and beautifully, in vivid images, her own pain.
You began and ended in air
but where was the middle?… "
In her notes, she expressed her fears and hopes:
"I guess I have always been deeply terrified to really be someone’s wife since I know from life one cannot love another, ever…" <