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Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath
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Jun 22, 09

bookshelves: poetry, all-time-favourites
Read in January, 2002

What can be said about this tome? It's one of my absolute favourites, one of the poetry collections that has followed me across the continents over the years, with my sprawling notes gathering in the margins. It is the most complete overview on Plath's poetry, and whereas I'm not the fondest fan of Plath's early work, I am very fond of Crossing the Water and Winter Trees' poems, which shine next to their chronological cousins. This collection shows the bewitching development of one of the world's greatest poets, whose mastery of the unexpected metaphor and the dazzling word choice is second to none. Whereas many herald the well-known poems as Lady Lazarus and Daddy, I recommend some of the hidden gems of this collection. A brilliant book for reading at once or dipping into.
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