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Poesie (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

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Sylvia Plath nasce in America nel 1932 e muore suicida a Londra nel 1963. Le due date quasi si toccano, ma trentun anni bastano per riempire la sua vita di tutto e del contrario di tutto, e inferno e paradiso vi si alternano capricciosamente. Il fisico atletico e longilineo, l’immancabile rossetto e il biondo talvolta platino dei capelli compongono l’immagine smagliante di ...more
Hardcover, La Grande Poesia, 11, 248 pages
Published April 26th 2004 by RCS Quotidiani S.p.A. (first published January 1st 1987)
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Apr 01, 2016 Nika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am accused. I dream of massacres.
I am a garden of black and red agonies. I drink them,
Hating myself, hating and fearing. And now the
world conceives
Its end and runs toward it, arms held out in love.
It is a love of death that sickens everything.
A dead sun stains the newsprint. It is red.
I lose life after life.

I never tire of Plath's poetry, no matter how many times I encounter it. I feel as if I am re-experiencing the internal world of Sylvia. Everything from stars to blackberries acquires a
Nov 29, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry lovers
Shelves: poetry
I'm not sure if I'm being morbid but it is almost impossible for me to read any of Sylvia Plath's work without thinking about her suicide. I guess it's because her poetry is already so dark, and knowing that she suffered from depression and ended her own life, adds another element to it.

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
Dec 18, 2006 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
"Clownlike, happiest on your hands,
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.
Ella Rissle
Mar 10, 2016 Ella Rissle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"I didn't want any flowers, I only wanted
To lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty.
How free it is, you have no idea how free—"
- Excerpt from Tulips
Feb 26, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eric by: Elizabeth Hardwick's "Seduction and Betrayal"
Shelves: poetry
With Eliot, I only occasionally feel the pungency his declared influences (English Metaphysicals and French Symbolists) seem to promise. This, though, might be the thing. Creepy-crawlies and the skull beneath the skin.


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
Gail Marie
Apr 24, 2012 Gail Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've recently concluded that I won't finish books of poetry longer than 100 pages. However, these pages are so small that maybe I'll get through all 258 of them. This is what I read while facing the poetry bookcase at Nice Price Books with Otis on the end of his leash waiting patiently on a floor that hasn't been cleaned in years:

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
Rena Sherwood
The real tragedy of Plath's life is that most of her poetry sucked. It's only in the last two parts of this incredibly tedious little book that Plath finally finds her voice. You could make a good drinking game by taking a shot every time you read the word "hook".
Jan 14, 2008 Faith-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Plath
This little book has most of my favorite Plath poems in it. It's a perfect dose of Plath on the go. I take it every year to the ocean with me.
The Applicant
Lady Lazarus
The Mirror
Nick and the Candlestick
The Rival
Feb 23, 2017 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well". Her prose in Lady Lazarus makes me read and re-read it over again. Truly wonderful
Heather Mize
Nov 20, 2011 Heather Mize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great collection of Plath's poetry. The emotional quality of her writing is so raw, that it's intense to read so much of it at a time. She had such an immense talent for creative writing, she had her own voice as a writer, her own style, her own language. Her word choices were uniquely hers.

Mary Oliver said in an interview with Maria Shriver for O Magazine that she doesn't relate to poetry like Plath's because she tries to work out her issues in her poetry. Oliver writes with a large
Paul Baker
Jan 03, 2014 Paul Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A marvelous collection of some of Sylvia Plath's finest poetry.

Arranged chronologically from year to year, beginning with Juvenilia and ending in the year she committed suicide, 1963, the collection spans her writing life with examples of all kinds of work.

Those familiar with her life--and anyone reading her poetry should also read a biography, such as "American Isis"--will see poems in which first her friends, then her husband and children appear. You will experience her anger and resentment at
Joan Lattanzio
Jul 06, 2012 Joan Lattanzio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Plaths unique obssesion with death, sadness and desolate scenes, people and words in general never ceases to surprise me in a haumtingly distubirng exquisite kind of way. In her own words, style and character she portrays ordinary and not so ordinary scenarios in an breathtaking and curiously personal way that leaves little to the imagination. After getting interested in Plaths tragical life story I decided to read the book the quite literally fell into my hand (in a Borders right outside Aventu ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Madison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume is consistently profound which almost makes it harder to read. I enjoyed reading her poetry beside her diary and watching where her lyrics come from, how naturally her diary reads like literature and how disgusting mine is in comparison.

There are multiple poems written on beekeeping as that became an element of her daily life. She writes of black stingers and maniacs but not honey, and that I think, is why I rushed through this. I already know how to write stings, but I need to writ
Jan 15, 2008 Tomiko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The editor for this collection of poems, Diane Middlebrook, was my professor in college, and we studied Plath for a time. Plath has since become my favorite poet, and I think this particular collection is a good representation of her body of work. She is detached and trying often to either make, sever, or understand a connection. Even when she's calling out to the reader from the darkest depths of wherever it is she writes (as in my personal favorite, "The Disquieting Muses"), there are times th ...more
Ernestasia Siahaan
I've just gotten into reading poetry, and I'm glad this is among the first collection that I picked up. Plath takes simple, everyday scenery and objects and turns them into beautiful, dark verses on life and loss. Her poems give me the soft nudge to remember that I just need to look around me for inspiration! I also like that her poems tell stories. It doesn't read like someone expressing her dark thoughts and misery. It reads like condensed stories that reflects dark thoughts and misery. Loved ...more
Feb 15, 2015 Marissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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There are poets out there who write for the masses. They write what they believe people want to hear, rather than writing what they feel. Sylvia Plath is not one of these poets. In every single poem within this collection you can find pieces (or chunks, depending on the poem) of Sylvia. At many points, I felt like I was reading a transcript of a therapy session as opposed to a published poetry book.
Mar 09, 2011 Angélique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I cannot adequately describe how amazing this book was. Plath's masterful vocabulary and profound style really spoke to me. Just reading these poems inspired me to write myself. Plath is a true master of words.
May 20, 2013 Janet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some seem to think the world of Plath's poetry but I failed to get into it. I didn't like the lack of structure and found many of the poems very repetitive. It is clear that Plath was battling demons, which is reflecting in her topic choice and language but, eh, not my thing.
Feb 24, 2009 Karena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*sigh* Not surprising she stuck her head in an oven with a body of work like this. I did find her erudite and charming in some of the poems, but mostly her poetry leaves me disturbed. I guess that is good, for her own style.
Mar 18, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't as good as I was expecting, but I really do enjoy the work of Sylvia Plath. She and Poe are two of my favorite references to how poetry can be more than just romance and child's playground rhymes.
Karen  Sullivan
Jul 31, 2012 Karen Sullivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved her confessional strength in "Lady Lazarus," as well as her nearly poison-penned "Daddy." Given the obliviousness of men (and doctors) of her time, she seems resigned, determined, and sadly, eventually successful in achieving her fate.
Sep 26, 2012 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, it was interesting. My favorite poem was 'Lady Lazarus'
May 15, 2012 Smellykish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chilling ride into the depths of heartbreak and madness.
Aug 20, 2007 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I love all things Plath!
Oct 04, 2008 rachelm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is living on my nightstand for when I just want to read a couple pages of something before I go to sleep. Nothing like reading Sylvia Plath to give one good dreams.
Mar 26, 2012 Ilse71 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amazing tone and imagery...
Aug 11, 2007 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too sad to manage right now...
Aug 06, 2011 Melumebelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I <3 Sylvia Plath! Not only did I love her book The Bell Jar, but her poems were beautifully written and were overall just simply amazing.
Sherrie Gingery
Feb 29, 2008 Sherrie Gingery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One can't own enough Plath.
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