The Null Device
Poetry by suicidal poets contains telltale signs of suicidal tendencies
, in the form of
linguistic patterns. Researchers in the US applied computer analysis techniques
to poetry by poets who took their own lives, including Sylvia Plath, as well as a control
group of non-suicidal poets, and determined that the suicidal poets used many
more singular first-person references, and fewer words associated with
interpersonal communication, thus suggesting detachment and self-absorption.
Surprisingly, emotional words such as "love" and "hate" did not vary
significantly between the two words.
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