The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath
To this day, Sylvia Plath's writings continue to inspire and provoke. Her only published novel, The Bell Jar, remains a classic of American literature, and The Co...more
See, she has a group of followers who just about worship her to the point of Tori Amos's fans, where everything she's done is meaningful and perfect. Her suicide date is celebrated. Every word she wrote is put...more
Also.... reading Plath's poems extremely intoxicated on alcoholic beverages can be a...more
the only downer of this book is that ted hughes edited it, and he was the piece of shit she killed herself over. so if you want to read the ariel poems in their correct, initially intended order check out the notes in the back for that. why that asshole thought h...more
After hacking away at this collected poems for the better part of six months, I'm not sure I have any interest in rating the poems. I think, in part, this is due to a certain experience I had in reading, as if this were a history book or a chronicle rather than a work of literature. Of course, while that reveals something (unsavory?) of my predisposition as a reader, I think it at leaves gives a hint as to how the work struck me.
And then, once again, it's back to the emotional Plath -- phrases that crush your head both because they are so well wrought and also because you know exactly what s...more
With that being said, I did appreciate the melancholy feel of this poem collection. Every sentence is beautiful and uses very evocative language.She was evidently so gifted and it's hard to imagine she was only 3...more
I Am Vertical
By Sylvia Plath
But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
I firmly believe that Sylvia Plath was a great artist, in prose as well as poetry. The Bell Jar is one of my favorite novels. Nor do I think that her personality or the legend of her life overpowers her work. What personality could dim the power of "Conversation Among the Ruins", "The Colossus" or "Lady Lazarus"? They are some of her most well-known poems, but they stand out even in this massive col...more
Feet to the stars, and moon-skulled,
Gilled like a fish. A common-sense
Thumbs-down on the dodo's mode.
Wrapped up in yourself like a spool,
Trawling your dark, as owls do.
Mute as a turnip from the Fourth
Of July to All Fools' Day,
O high-riser, my little loaf.
Vague as fog and looked for like mail.
Farther off than Australia.
Bent-backed Atlas, our traveled prawn.
Snug as a bud and at home
Like a sprat in a pickle jug.
A creel of eels, all ripples.
Jumpy as a Mexican bean....more
Looking back, I might have just read the carefully sequenced, climactic Ariel, but this selection, Diane Middlebrook's, was pretty consistently thrilling all the same. What a poet! Two of Plath's strengths immediately compelled my admiration: her genius for well-wrought hallu...more
This is especially true, though, of her poetry. Each poem has a beautiful life of its own, but together as an anthology, the poems show Plath's true heart, fickle, angry, passionate, uninhibited. From the more disturbing poems like "Daddy" to finding eloquent beauty is simp...more
They are all haunting, but my thoughts keep coming back to two in particular. In CHILD, Sylvia Plath tells her baby how she would love for his beautiful eyes to reflect only wonderful things rather than the anxious, troubled spirit she has become.
In MIRROR, she personifies a looking glass. Speaking in the first person, she te...more
When I approached this book, I did not check the introuctions but, instead, got right into the poetry. I did not want to feel bias towards her stories or her struggle, because if art wishes a story or struggle to be told, it does so. See Oscar Wilde's preface to Dorian Gray for a better explanation. This, as well as the broken formalism in her style, may be the cause for why I don't "get it" as, while I spy on reviews during t...more
She is notorious for many things, her honesty, her imagery, and the way she took her own...more
اشعار پلات را سعید سعید پور در کتابی دو زبانه تحت عنوان در کسوت ماه -انتشارات مروارید- و همچنین ضیاء موحد به فارسی -مجله ارغنون ویژه شعر- ترجمه و منتشر کرده اند. سیلویا پلات چندی قبل از خودکشی این شعر را سروده است
این زن کامل شده است.
بر تن بیجانش
لبخند توفیق نقش بسته است
از طومار شب جامهی بلندش
توهّم تقدیری یونانی جاری است.
پاهای برهنهی او گویی میگویند:
تا اینجا آمدهایم دیگر بس است.
هر کودک مرده دور خود پیچیده است
بر لب تنگ کوچکی از ش...more
I loved seeing the evolution of her poetry thro...more
Little poppies, little hell flames,
Do you do no harm?
You flicker. I cannot touch you.
I put my hands among the flames. Nothing burns.
And it exhausts me to watch you
Although her earlier poems aren't to my particular taste, and you can tell her command of the craft is still developing, it's so wonder...more
i was hooked first on her recording of The Thin People
she's grim, she's angry, she's mad.
i love her brutal emotion. and her use of alliteration is unrivaled.
yummy. i'd like to die wrapped in her words, like a spider's snack, woven and suffocated in them :)
Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The book's protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York. The plot paralle...more