Sylvia Plath's "Kindness" personifies kindness itself as a "nice" woman who's trying to help the morbidly unhappy speaker. The sweetness and comfort "Dame Kindness" offers is no "cure" for the speaker's distress, however; even the speaker's love for her children may not be enough to soothe her anguished mind. The only outlet for her overpowering pain seems to be "poetry," which flows as unstoppably from the speaker as her suffering. One of the last poems Plath wrote before her tragic death by suicide, "Kindness" draws heavily on the poet's experience and is associated, like most of her work, with the movement called Confessional poetry. It was collected in her posthumous volume Ariel (1965).