The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath
To this day, Sylvia Plath's writings continue to inspire and provoke. Her only published novel, The Bell Jar, remains a classic of American literature, and The Co...more
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See, she has a group of followers who just about worship her to the point of Tori Amos's fans, where everything she's done is meaningful and perfect. Her suicide date is celebrated. Every word she wrote is put ...more
the only downer of this book is that ted hughes edited it, and he was the piece of shit she killed herself over. so if you want to read the ariel poems in their correct, initially intended order check out the notes in the back for that. why that asshole thought h ...more
Also.... reading Plath's poems extremely intoxicated on alcoholic beverages can be a ...more
And then, once again, it's back to the emotional Plath -- phrases that crush your head both because they are so well wrought and also because you know exactly what s ...more
I really enjoyed reading Sylvia Plath's poetry. Ever since I read The Bell Jar (and then googled Sylvia and learned more about her) I have been fascinated by her life and her work. I also loved her book of unabridged journals. So when I saw there was a book of her poetry I just had to buy it and read it.
Sylvia Plath's writing is just so addicting. Everything flows beautifully and I just loved so many of these poems. I had such a great time reading this boo ...more
I Am Vertical
By Sylvia Plath
But I would rather be horizontal.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil
Sucking up minerals and motherly love
So that each March I may gleam into leaf,
Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed
Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,
Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal
And a flower-head not tall, but more startling,
And I ...more
Although her earlier poems aren't to my particular taste, and you can tell her command of the craft is still developing, it's so wonder ...more
After hacking away at this collected poems for the better part of six months, I'm not sure I have any interest in rating the poems. I think, in part, this is due to a certain experience I had in reading, as if this were a history book or a chronicle rather than a work of literature. Of course, while that reveals something (unsavory?) of my predisposition as a reader, I think it at leaves gives a hint as to how the work struck me.
Whereas the ...more
This is especially true, though, of her poetry. Each poem has a beautiful life of its own, but together as an anthology, the poems show Plath's true heart, fickle, angry, passionate, uninhibited. From the more disturbing poems like "Daddy" to finding eloquent beauty is simp ...more
i was hooked first on her recording of The Thin People
she's grim, she's angry, she's mad.
i love her brutal emotion. and her use of alliteration is unrivaled.
yummy. i'd like to die wrapped in her words, like a spider's snack, woven and suffocated in them :)
I firmly believe that Sylvia Plath was a great artist, in prose as well as poetry. The Bell Jar is one of my favorite novels. Nor do I think that her personality or the legend of her life overpowers her work. What personality could dim the power of "Conversation Among the Ruins", "The Colossus" or "Lady Lazarus"? They are some of her most well-known poems, but they stand out even in this massive col ...more
They are all haunting, but my thoughts keep coming back to two in particular. In CHILD, Sylvia Plath tells her baby how she would love for his beautiful eyes to reflect only wonderful things rather than the anxious, troubled spirit she has become.
In MIRROR, she personifies a looking glass. Speaking in the first person, she te ...more
Spry, wry, and gray as these March sticks,
Percy bows, in his blue peajacket, among the narcissi.
He is recuperating from something on the lung.
The narcissi, too, are bowing to some big thing :
It rattles their stars on the green hill where Percy
Nurses the hardship of his stitches, and walks and walks.
There is a dignity to this; there is a formality-
The flowers vivid as bandages, and the man mending.
They bow and stand : they suffer such attacks!
And the octogenarian loves the littl ...more
She is notorious for many things, her honesty, her imagery, and the way she took her own ...more
1. I have never read a poetry collection before, just a few poems standing alone. So I wasn't really used to reading that much poetry on a day.
2. I read the English version because I wanted to read the poet's original words. This resulted in a lot of vocabulary problems and me, questioning my English skills, and if I learned anything at all in school. But after a few days I got used to it and understood mo ...more
I have done it again.
One year in every ten
I manage it-----
A sort of walking miracle, my skin
Bright as a Nazi lampshade,
My right foot
My featureless, fine
Peel off the napkin
O my enemy.
Do I terrify?-------
The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth?
The sour breath
Will vanish in a day.
Soon, soon the flesh
The grave c ...more
اشعار پلات را سعید سعید پور در کتابی دو زبانه تحت عنوان در کسوت ماه -انتشارات مروارید- و همچنین ضیاء موحد به فارسی -مجله ارغنون ویژه شعر- ترجمه و منتشر کرده اند. سیلویا پلات چندی قبل از خودکشی این شعر را سروده است
این زن کامل شده است.
بر تن بیجانش
لبخند توفیق نقش بسته است
از طومار شب جامهی بلندش
توهّم تقدیری یونانی جاری است.
پاهای برهنهی او گویی میگویند:
تا اینجا آمدهایم دیگر بس است.
هر کودک مرده دور خود پیچیده است
بر لب تنگ کوچکی از شیر
که اک ...more
Crossing the Water: Couple love poems in this one? Faves: Stillborn, Two Campers in Cloud County, Love Letter, A Life, Parliame ...more
Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I've a call."
- Lady Lazarus
(didn't quite like the juvenilia section, but Plath is brilliant and her writing feels like starvation)
Camino a solas;
La calle a medianoche
Se prolonga bajo mis pies;
Cuando cierro los ojos
Todas estas casas de ensueño se extinguen:
Por un capricho mío
La cebolla celestial de la luna cuelga en lo alto
De los hastiales.
Hago que las casas se encojan
Y que los árboles mengüen
Alejándose; la traílla de mi mirada
Hace bailar a las personas-marionetas
Que, ignorando que se consumen,
Se ríen, se besan, se emborrachan, sin sospechar
Igualmente que, cada vez que yo parpadeo,
Cuando estoy de buen ...more
Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas. The book's protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York. The plot paralle ...more