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Ariel by Sylvia Plath
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Aug 14, 2007

it was amazing
Read in January, 1994

I know, I know. Sylvia Plath is a bit of a cliche. Even Ryan Adams wrote a funny-sad song about her. LOL. But Ariel is really amazing, in terms of the intensity of her words. It's tantamount to setting her house on fire to get attention. It is painful to read. And we can probably blame her for launching the careers of a nation of suicidal female poets (though I still think that's a really cynical and chauvinist joke). But Sylvia's stuff is always compelling, especially in Ariel. Because of this collection, she is my favourite poet of all time. There may be wiser poets, better technicians and more generous, but I'm Catholic. Plath wielded these poems like a sword against her own life.

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