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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Sylvia Plath was one of the defining voices of twentieth-century poetry, and one of the most appealing: few other poets have introduced as many new readers to poetry. Though she published just one collection in her lifetime, The Colossus, and a novel, The Bell Jar, it was following her death in 1963 that her work began to garner the wider audience that it deserved. The man ...more
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Published March 6th 2014 by Faber Faber (first published October 1st 2012)
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Simay Yildiz
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Muhabbet ettiğim kişi Virginia Woolf okumuş, Sylvia Plath okumamışsa Sylvia Plath için çoğu zaman “Amerika’nın Virginia Woolf’u” diyorum ben. Tam tersi bir durum olduğunda ise Virginia Woolf için “İngiltere’nin Sylvia Plath’i” tanımını yapıyorum. Aynı yüzyılın farklı bölümlerinde, farklı kıtalarda yaşamış olan bu iki kadın (Virginia Woolf: 1882-1941; Sylvia Plath: 1932-1963) pek çok ortak özelliğe sahip ve nitekim Plath, günlüklerinde esinlendiği yazarlar arasında Woolf’u da gösteriyor. Tabii iş ...more
“Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.”
Hristian Trendafilov
Her works seem to find me in times where I question myself, question everything.

I did like some of the poetry here, most of it I had read before in one way or another. "Event", "Poppies in July" and "Poppies in November" are the new interesting ones, alongside Lady Lazarus and Cut.

Her style does not directly echo my tastes in poetry, nonetheless I did quite like the rhythm and non-consequential rule bending for some of them.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
sylvia plath: obsessed with the moon
me: me too bitch tf
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Straight into my favourites for this collection of Sylvia Plath's poetry. Ever since her name came up in discussion on a poetry writing forum I used to frequent I have meant to investigate her and this is my first foray into her work. I am in love with it. Have an instinctual understanding of it. Now I must read more! Thank's to CAD for her arrangement and preface. Yes, I am on the Plath consuming warpath...
Nov 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, I can't make sense of a lot of these poems. I've tried to enjoy the language but find it frustrating that I can't seem to "crack the code". Cue lots of reading about how to understand poetry, which I fear may turn me off the whole subject again...
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely one of my favourite books ever.
Eva  Strange
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Having grown up in a non-English speaking country, I didn’t read my first Sylvia Plath poem until late last year and I never read "Ariel“. My five stars are, therefore, not so much a verdict about the selection and arrangement by Carol Ann Duffy as they are of Plath’s poetry itself – which I found to be just the right mixture of cryptic and accessible, the latter due to the highly evocative language. Although I didn’t "get“ every single poem, on the whole I found them powerful, urgent and surpri ...more
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Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love every poem she writes about the moon.
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read Plath. Read Plath. She is sooooo good. A Class writer. Blah blah blah.

I know why uni students study this because I needed a degree to understand what on earth she was going on about. I think modern contemporary poetry is more my thing.
I did love "For a Fatherless Son" but other than that every poem just didn't make me feel anything.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I felt like I should read this since February 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Plath's death. Okay, so it reminded me why I'm not a big fan of poetry. There were some nice lines and some good words but overall, not my thing. I did enjoy The Bell Jar so it's obviously not her writing that's the problem
I can't really rate this one. Many of the poems I didn't like, or quite frankly didn't get, but there are a few that are absolutely transcendent. I was about to give up on Plath, but a few poems at the end made me want to try to understand her again.
Shannon Perry
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely wonderful poems by the late Sylvia Plath. She was truly a beautiful yet troubled soul and that is so conveyed in her poems. I love reading Plath's work, as it is something I can relate to on a personal level. Personal favourites thus far include "Metaphors", "Morning Song" and "Cut".
Helena Blak
My only conclusion after reading this book, is that poetry is probably not meant to be read, hurried through in a collection made by someone other than the poet, borrowed from a library to which it needs to be returned soon, hence the hurrying.
Simon Sweetman
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great set of poems, obviously - thoughtfully selected and introduced by Carol Ann Duffy.
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Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reread and reread this and I'm so in love with her poetry.

Personal favourite has to be November Graveyard but honestly I love all her poetry.
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Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.

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