Asked by Anonymous
As with almost all literature (or any creative outlet, really), there is an aspect of ambiguity, by which I mean it’s difficult to explain outright what something means. It may mean something entirely different to each individual person who encounters it, and none of those things may be what it meant to Plath when she wrote it.
However, with this particular quote, in my opinion I would naturally assume it relates to Plath’s struggles with mental illness and the general difficulty we all face occasionally in struggling to get out of our own minds. The mind can be a hellish place, particularly when it comes to mental illness, and so a desire to escape it is not an uncommon one.
In Plath’s case, she made her escape from the torments of her own mind in the end.