Michelle Lombardi's Reviews > Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Your Own, Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
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Mar 11, 09

really liked it

Your Own, Sylvia presents an intimate view into the life of poet Sylvia Plath. Told in poems written by the author from the points of view of Plath or her friends and family, it combines Plath's writing style with notable moments from her life. For someone who is interested in Plath's life and work, this book is interesting and satisfying.

Because Sylvia Plath died a young death, she did not have the chance to publish as much as her readers would have liked. Stephanie Hemphill's work fulfills the desire to have more from Plath, even though it is Hemphill's words that fill the book. She gives a detailed, sometimes emotional account of Plath's life, including biographical information to supplement the poems.

Your Own, Sylvia is a great way to expose teens to poetry. Many teens would be able to relate to Plath's struggles with self acceptance and her difficulty finding her place in the world. Because Hemphill's poetry is so fluid and easy to read, teens who don't think of poetry as their favorite form of writing would still be able to appreciate this book.

VOYA Codes: 5Q, 3P, J-S
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