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"Sylvia Plath's last poems have impressed themselves on many readers with the force of myth. They are among the handful of writings by which future generations will seek to know us and give us a name."—The Critical Quarterly

"One of the most marvelous volumes of poetry published for a very long time."—The Times Literary Supplement

Paperback, 85 pages
Published 1965 by Harper & Row
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Paul Bryant
Inspired by Paul Legault's brilliant idea of translating Emily Dickinson's poems into English, I thought immediately - I have to steal that idea. So here are some of the Ariel poems of Sylvia Plath translated into English. I have, of course, tried my utmost to perform this task with tact, discretion and good taste.

ARIEL TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

ELM.

Look, let's get this straight. I am a tree, you are a woman. We can never be together, not in the way you'd like, anyway. Plus, you're kind of irritati
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Manny
When I was a kid, I loved stories about intrepid explorers who visited places no one had ever seen before, and died heroically in the attempt. I guess Scott of the Antarctic is the canonical example - though later on, I discovered to my surprise that Norwegians just think he was an idiot who didn't prepare carefully, and that Amundsen was the real hero. There is a wonderful episode in Jan Kjærstad's Erobreren which contrasts the English and Norwegian views of these two great men.

So what's this g
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Dolors
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Exotic Birds
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2014
Either disturbed by some haunting, otherworldly presence or simply because of the purring birdsong I awake on the early hours of this winter morning and I grab Sylvia Plath’s collection of poems Ariel, which is calling to me from my bedside table. Still drowsy with soft shades of silky sheets printed on my cheeks my glassy eyes try to focus on stray words that chop like sharpened axes. Streams of unleashed running waters wash over me but fail to cleanse my soul. I am unsettled. Disturbing images ...more
Duane
Nov 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do I think? I honestly don't know. My favorite poems were Elm, The Moon and the Yew Tree, and Edge. I admit that Sylvia Plath's poetry may be beyond my ability to fullly understand. I have The Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982, on my to-read shelf. Maybe the more I read the better I will understand. There is an aura about Sylvia Plath that I find fascinating. Her writing is so unique, so different from anything else, you can't help being drawn to it, like a moth to a fla ...more
Tara
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Cold glass, how you insert yourself
Between myself and myself.
I scratch like a cat.”

These poems are jagged, visceral, and very, very raw. They’re angry and bruised, “extravagant, like torture.” And they are frequently charged with a dark, mirthless laughter. After all, “there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.” Or so Camus once said.

As a total poetry novice, I might be way off base with some of my impressions—I didn’t even come close to understanding everything I read. But I do kno
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Samadrita
It probably won't be right to draw comparisons between the Sylvia Plath who wrote Mad Girl's Love Song during her time at Smith's and the Sylvia Plath of Ariel. There's a world of difference between a Sylvia merely mourning lost love and a bitter, lonesome, vengeful, depressed Sylvia trying to live out the last vestiges of a tumultuous life by seeking a form of catharsis through these poems. And, indeed, a very personal set of poems these are.
It took me a while to get through this book not only
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7jane
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection released two years after her death, written in a grand burst of creativity just before death... I had to get this mainly because of the cover, but I can say that though I have the 'all poems' book, having this separately was worth it.

...And I a smiling woman
I am only thirty.
And like that cat I have nine times to die.
..
(from "Lady Lazarus")

There are so many themes I could get from here: colors (red, white, black, etc.), moods (uncertainty, calm, quiet joy, being distant), and subject
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Asghar Abbas
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I picked this up last night, wanting to read just one poem, The Moon and the Yew Tree specifically, but I ended up reading all of them, the entire book. I won't pretend to understand what most of her poems were about, but they left me in goosebumps and ashiver. I enjoyed them.

What a mind, what a mind. Utterly glorious. Bane of her existence and yet because of its blackness she still exists today.

Sublime work.

I wish she had written more novels too. Her poetic prose and timings are undeniable.

R
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Ariel, Sylvia Plath
تاریخ نخستیم خوانش: ماه جولای سال 2000 میلادی
عنوان: آریل؛ شاعر: سیلویا پلات؛ مترجم: کاوه بهزادی
سیلویا پلات شاعریست که نیاز به معرفی ندارد. همانطور که میدانید به سال 1932 میلادی در ایالت ماساچوست ِ آمریکا به دنیا آمد و در سال 1963 میلادی در جوانی و اوج دست از این جهان شست. از ایشان کتابهای ِ: آریل؛ کتاب ِ بستر؛ کلوسوس و چند شعر ِ دیگر؛ درختان ِ زمستانی؛ گذر از آب و…. و نیز یک رمان با عنوان: حباب ِ شیشه بر جای مانده است

یک هدیه برای تولد

چه چیز است در پس ِ این حجاب؟
آیا زشت است؟ آ
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Haunting and honest - a scalpel that cuts so deep and quick you don't even feel it.
Whitney Atkinson
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016, poetry
I'm wanting to get into more poetry, but I have to classify books of poetry in two categories: poems I understood, and poems I didn't. The majority of these poems went over my head.

I saw in a previous review that Plath writes very personally, which I suppose is what went wrong here. There were so many abstract references and just being plain honest, 80% of these poems I just had no clue what she was trying to communicate, other than the fact that she wanted to die.
Although I didn't grasp most
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Steven  Godin
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, poetry
Stunned.

Destroyed.

Took the wind out of my sails,

and the light out of my eyes.

Not wanting to curse but fuck me! could she write!

As for "Daddy" what heart crushing despair.
Lotte
My favourite poems out of this collection: Lady Lazarus, Tulips and Death & Co.
Sara
This was very up and down. A lot of the poems went right over my head, but a few I enjoyed, including Lady Lazarus, The Rival and The Moon and the Yew Tree. Of them all, I think Lady Lazarus had the most ‘pull’ in that it’s quite deeply emotive in its portrayal of wanting to be dead and the mixture of emotions that comes with this. It was very personal, and there’s no doubt Sylvia Plath has a way with words. For that poem alone, I pulled this up to three stars.

I’m just not sure that for the mos
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Ammar
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: female-authors
Definitely contain some of the best poems by Sylvia Plath. The one I most enjoyed was Lady Lazarus.

Edward
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, poetry
Sylvia Plath had a way of rendering things mysterious and disturbing, compelling you to read each poem again and again to unlock the meaning. Compared to The Colossus, Ariel feels a little more mature, a little less concerned with the world, and a lot more fixated on death, specifically, suicide. These beautiful poems are sometimes difficult to read.
Connie
The restored edition of Ariel is the group of poems that Sylvia Plath left as a manuscript at the time of her death by suicide in 1963. The originally published Ariel was edited by her former husband, Ted Hughes, who substituted some of her other poems written in the last months of her life. The forward by their daughter, Frieda Hughes, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of each grouping of poems, trying to be fair to each parent.

The poems in Ariel are brilliant and powerful, but often sad,
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Magdalen
Dying
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.


The most accurate thing about Ariel has been said "In these poems Plath becomes herself"

I fear that I cannot be objective when I am writing (or talking) about Sylvia Plath because she speaks directly to my heart. I can relate to her poems, I can feel them.
Sylvia Plath is raw, brutal and bitter. That's a fact I suppose, right? But you see
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Zanna
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
(gorgeous, like 6 stars of gorgeous

2 stars lost for outrageously gratuitous use of racial slur and wtf use of the holocaust as symbolic of personal family relationship)
Michael
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels like Sylvia Plath’s life overshadowed her literary value; her autobiographical novel The Bell Jar was like a confessional and people tend to read it for all the juicy bits. Ariel is a collection of poems published posthumously, just a few years after her suicide. It is true that we have Plath to think for advancing the confessional poetry form and exploring topics previously taboo like suicide, mental illness and domestic abuse.

I would like to thank Meg Wolitzer’s book Belzhar for pushi
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Vanessa
3.5 stars

I find poetry hard to review. I'm not much of a poet myself: I dabble now and again but I wouldn't call myself one. I don't feel like I have enough knowledge of the craft to fully appreciate poetry, and so I can't really comment on how good it is.

Sylvia Plath is a poet I do like, but I don't love all of her poems. This collection in particular was a little bit of a mixed bag, but I feel like I'll appreciate it more and more on subsequent readings - and I will most definitely be return
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Mary
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, poetry
This is Sylvia. Purging.

Hushed and frantic and brutal.

Written during the last months of her life…her peak was so so beautiful. Tragic.
ilknur a.k.a. iko ◬

şiiri çeviriden oku → ne demek istemiş diye düşünürken bir daha oku → şiiri ingilizcesinden oku → şiiri ingilizcesinden türkçesi ile karşılaştırarak oku → şiiri internette arat ve yorumları oku + şiire dönüşler yap


bu kitabı niye geç bitirdiğim'in birinci nedeni bu. özellikle yorumları okumak zaman alıyor, birden fazla okuduğum için. Aslında önce Bell Jar'ı okumalı, hatta şiirleri ve Bell Jar'ı paralel götürmeli. Çünkü manyağız asdfasdf Çünkü özellikle günlüklerden veya kişisel notlardan/mektup
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April
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, loved, classics
Plath astonishes with her grasp on words. What more can I say about her? I've already filled plenty of spaces praising this wondrous woman. Each poem is a breath of fresh air.

'Your handful of notes; / The clear vowels rise like balloons.'

'My bones hold a stillness, the / Fields melt my heart.'

'They threaten / To let me through to a haven / Starless and fatherless, a dark water.'

'A living doll, everywhere you look. / It can sew, it can cook / It can talk, talk, talk.'

'Out of the ash / I rise wi
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Chris_P
I am inhabited by a cry.
Nightly, it flaps out
Looking, with its hooks, for something to love

I opened it just to get a glimpse, only an idea of Sylvia Plath's poetry and man, was I hooked! Her words grabbed me by the neck and dragged me all the way, intoxicating me with bitterness, irony and hard-boiled truth. At times I'd get this feeling of "age", this smell of a time before the 20th century, and then I'd come across a poem like Lesbos and receive the "slap-in-the-face" treatment. It was a jou
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averybird
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, favorites, bees

O God, I am not like you
In your vacuous black,
Stars stuck all over, bright stupid confetti.
Eternity bores me,
I never wanted it.

- from Years

Extraordinary, isn’t she? I was captivated by the poems in Ariel and am in agreement with others who view this collection as a masterpiece. For even when I came across a poem I didn’t fully understand, I could still sense the power within the words of Sylvia Plath which are precise, explosive, darkly beautiful.

In the afterword to Ariel author biographer Hal
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Malak Alrashed
I didn't read these poems. I studied them, I draw on the book and dreamed about Sylvia Plath world. You see I have been searching for the kind of poems that will destroy me and rebuild me again. That's what Sylvia did to me. She is not a Designed to Impress kind of writer and yet she'll use a lot of Greek Myths and history metaphors. She'll walk you in a flat land of words, not a pretentious stony one with lots of flashy words. No, just smooth words and yet you will use your dictionary quite oft ...more
Satyajeet
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The short length of the book and seeming simplicity - a woman rides her horse through the countryside - is belied by the incredible amount of attention given to it. For it explores far more than a simple daybreak ride. The use of dazzling imagery, vivid emotional resonance, historical and biblical allusions, and a breathtaking sense of movement, explores several different subjects, including - poetic creativity; sexuality; animism; suicide and death; self-realization and self-transformation; and ...more
Basuhi
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sylvia Plath has a very singular voice-she might be talking about bloody veins and suicide or envy or simply describing doom in the morning sun but it's picturesque and it affects me in the most indefatigable way, almost subliminally-like the beautiful and fatal thoughts of Esther Greenwood. You need to look closer and dig deeper because underneathe that facade of despair is a more subtle shade of human conscience, designed to be missed. My own favorites were: Ariel, The Moon and the Yew Tree an ...more
A.K.
I am the type seemingly predestined for Plath worship. Oh, it's easy: white, female, feminist, literary, dark-sided. And I've been disavowing my girl Sylvia for a while now, leery of guilt by association. Scandals, hype and armies of ersatz Plaths have watered down public opinion, which is what it is, but life and legend are not the sum of literature. Ariel is baptism by fire. When I read this at thirteen or fourteen it blew up a new space in my mind to make a place where poetry could feel like ...more
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“Dying 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 have a call.”
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“I didn’t want any flowers, I only wanted
to lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty.
How free it is, you have no idea how free.”
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