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Revising Life: Sylvia Plath's Ariel Poems
'Provides a compelling argument for Plath's revision of the painful parts of her life--the failed marriage, her anxiety for success, and her ambivalence towards her mother. . . . The reader will feel the tension in the poetry and the life.'Choice '[Examines] Plath's twin goals of becoming a famous poet and a perfect mother. . . . This book's main points are clearly and for ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 12th 1994 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published January 1st 1993)
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There is a good argument that Ted Hughes would have been nothing as great as the poet he became without Sylvia Plath. Hughes (pre-Plath) was a poor student at Cambridge University, where he switched his field of study to archaeology and anthropology because the English program was "too constrictive." Upon graduation he began a series of low-paying jobs, including one as a zookeeper. Only a few of his poems had been published when he met Plath at the launch party of a poetry magazine he and some ...more
A fine book of criticism, if not a great one. My assumption that this is largely due to estate/copyright issues. Van Dyne's writing a book based upon Plath's drafting process and what significance that may have with regard to our reading of the Ariel poems: an obviously fascinating premise. Unfortunately, she's hardly able to cite said drafts, and so often her readings feel disjointed or superficial. Then again, at other times she conducts close readings of the published poems without referencin ...more