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Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
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Apr 29, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: adult, dysfunctional, historical, novel-in-verse, poetry, romance
Read from April 28 to 29, 2012

It has been quite a while since I read The Bell Jar and aside from a few poems here or there, I have never read many Sylvia Plath poems and though I knew that she committed suicide and lived in NYC for a brief period, I didn't know much else either. This verse novel is perfect for introducing Sylvia Plath, both her biography and her poetry. It took some getting used to the verse and then a footnote at the bottom of each verse that explain the context of that specific verse. I'm still not entirely sold that it couldn't have been done in some other fashion, but nonetheless it proved to help guide the biographical part of Sylvia's story while still creatively expressing her insanity, love, passion, and madness.

Definitely suggest this! And, it makes me want to pick up some of her poetry!

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Stephanie Hemphill
“She said the night was March and black
and that the hill where he kissed her
and enveloped her in his arms
was a sea of grass and she rooted
to the ground like a sapling,
like it was natural and yet
all created for her moment of romance.”
Stephanie Hemphill, Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Stephanie Hemphill
“I fret for Sylvia.
She appears anchored

to the idea of sinking,
which is silly when she so clearly

soars above almost everyone.”
Stephanie Hemphill, Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

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