Sylvia Plath: Poems

The response of one writer to the work of another can be doubly illuminating In this series, a poet selects and introduces another poet whom they have particularly admired Ted Hughes s classic selection of Sylvia Plath s poetry provides the perfect introduction to a major body of work in twentieth century poetry.Hughes draws upon the collections Ariel, The Colossus, CrosThe response of one writer to the work of another can be doubly illuminating In this series, a poet selects and introduces another poet whom they have particularly admired Ted Hughes s classic selection of Sylvia Plath s poetry provides the perfect introduction to a major body of work in twentieth century poetry.Hughes draws upon the collections Ariel, The Colossus, Crossing the Water and Winter Trees, and from Sylvia Plath s Pulitzer Prize winning Collected Poems.
Sylvia Plath Poems The response of one writer to the work of another can be doubly illuminating In this series a poet selects and introduces another poet whom they have particularly admired Ted Hughes s classic selecti

  • Title: Sylvia Plath: Poems
  • Author: Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780571222971
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
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    Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes

    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 parallels Plath s experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt.Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry initiated by Robert Lowell and W.D Snodgrass Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, in England, on a Fulbright fellowship Here she met and married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.In 1960, shortly after Plath and Hughes returned to England from America, her first collection of poems appeared as The Colossus She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Plath s son, Nicholas Farrar, was born in 1962 Plath took her own life on the morning of February 11, 1963 Leaving out bread and milk, she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on.Her father was Otto Emil Plath.

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    • Szplug said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Rarely have the tortuous dimensions of life lived against the grain of existence been so wittily, so achingly, so stingingly and yet economically sewn together, and with lyrical needles threaded to an anomic precision and harrowing spartanism—alternately languid and feral—and yet fully alive and alight in the face of despair and darkness. It's as if the viscous attar of sexuality and relationships, gender bruises, mental states and discomfits and deteriorations, temporal and spatial stretchi [...]

    • Jason said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I struggle to understand a lot of poetry and some of these were very difficult to get my head round, the flow of the poems are different each time and it is tough to adapt between each of themThere were some I understood and they were great, my favourite being "Mirror" the opening two lines are the best in this collection"I am silver and exact, I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately"I don't think I've ever heard a better decryption of a mirror.As for others in the collect [...]

    • April said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Interestingly as part of a pointlessly embarrassing exercise during the first few weeks of college, each member of the class I was in was asked who in the whole world they would most like to bring back to life to have a conversation with. Guess who I said? I've always been an extremely dedicated fan of Plath. Her poems are both stunning and haunting, beautiful and tragic, tender and bold. Whilst I would have loved a few more to have been in this book (namely Mad Girl's Love Song) it’s a suffic [...]

    • Kelly said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Not usually a poetry person but I adore Plath and have been wanting to read her poems for a while. Man, what an experience! So turbulent, so powerful and heartfelt. You can really see and feel her emotional turmoil. I enjoyed The Stones, Face Lift, Tulips, Finisterre, Mirror and Edge but my favourites were Daddy and A Birthday Present, with the latter completely kicking me in the gut. A brilliant set of poems.

    • Judith said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I’m not a huge fan of reading poetry, but this was very nice

    • C. said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I divide poetry (and indeed much of literature) into three categories:1. The brilliant. The stuff that was written for you. The stuff where the author went inside your head and saw everything you felt, thought, loved, believed and then wrote it down in a way that was so much better than you could ever have imagined, and yet it was perfect. Perfect.2. The good. The stuff that is interesting or thought-provoking or well done or beautiful, but doesn't really speak to you. A subset of this category [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      چاه ها خشکید و رزها پژمرد، غبار مرگ. روزگارت به سر آمد، گلابی ها چاق میشوند همانند بوداهای کوچک، مهی دلگیر خیمه زده بر دریاچهاز باغ تیولمتن انگلیسی و ترجمه فارسی: ماه و سّرخدار، بیوه، کلاغ سیاه در هوای بارانی، سوزاندن نامه ها، جراح در ساعت دو صبح، زخم، تب، یک راز، زن بدون بچه، [...]

    • Kirsty said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      A fantastic selection of Plath's work, encompassing all of her published collections. Beautiful, dark, and startling.

    • Pink said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Individually, this collection contains some of my favourite poems. Together, something didn't quite work for me. This book is a selection of Plath's poems (selected by Ted Hughes of course) from Colossus, Ariel and the posthumously published Crossing the Water. It is presented in chronological order of date written, not published and so it should feel well arranged, but it doesn't. Don't get me wrong, the poems are fantastic, but they sometimes feel out of place beside each other and although th [...]

    • Jeremy Allan said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Reading one of the individual volumes would definitely be preferable, but this is a good enough selection. I think we can all look forward to a time, though, when Hugh's finally relinquishes as Plath's editor.As for the poetry, I have found since my first interactions with Plath that the emotional content of her poetry aggravates me. At best I am indifferent to it, at worst I'm repulsed by it. That being said, the better I know her work, the more amazed I am by the imagery and the craft of the p [...]

    • Guoda said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Tikrai nebloga puikios poetės knyga, kuria susiviliojau, netyčia radusi ją bibliotekoje. Tik skaičiau naują, išverstą į lietuvių kalbą ir smarkiai nusivyliau vertimu. Atrodė, kad versta tik šiaip sau, kaikurie žodžiai net neatitinka tikros prasmės, o tekstam nesuteiktas visas galimas poetiškumas. Todėl jei kils noras skaityti Plath poeziją, dėl savęs pačių, skaitykite tik angliškai. Cheers

    • Sophie said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I adore The Bell Jar, but I just can't get on with her poetry - though I think that's on me. It just goes straight over my head and o haven't a clue what she's talking about.

    • Matthew said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Mud-mattressed under the sign of the hagIn a clench of blood, the sleep-talking virginGibbets with her curse the moon's man,Faggot-bearing Jack in his crackless egg:Hatched with a claret hogshead to swigHe kings it, navel-knit to no groan,But at the price of a pin-stitched skinFish-tailed girls purchase each white leg.- Maudlin, pg. 14ContentsMiss Drake Proceeds to SupperSpinsterMaudlinResolveNight ShiftFull Fathom FiveSuicide off Egg RockThe Hermit at Outermost HouseMedallionThe Manor GardenThe [...]

    • Phil said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I loved this book and found it a poignant, beautiful and accessible collection of some of Plaths work for someone, like myself, who doesn’t read poetry that often. In particular the visceral "Daddy", in which Sylvia reflects on her complex relationship with her Teutonic father. The poem touches on the theme of misogyny and coldness of a generation of Northern European men, an overbearing sense of authority and emotional absence that shaped her as a young girl. She plays with the paradox of fem [...]

    • Elle Read said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Full Disclosure: I'm not a fan of poetry. For the most part, I don't understand what a poet is trying to say and I think they put too much effort into how they are saying something rather than what they are saying. Having said this, some of the poems in this collection are absolutely beautiful. The themes Plath addresses are truly important and will stand the test of time. I don't think I grasped the true meaning of some of the poems but isn't the true beauty of poetry that a reader can infer wh [...]

    • Iira said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I've read Sylvia Plath's poems before, maybe couple of years ago. They seemed so different to me then than now. Perhaps it was this collection I read, but I didn't recognize hardly any of these presented in this book. Perhaps it's because they were Ted's choices or perhaps I've only read the most famous ones. I liked these any way, although english isn't and will never be my mother tongue. I enjoyed just reading and tasting those words that were so different for me. Maybe some overtones and deep [...]

    • Tyler Jones said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Here is a dangerous book. Approach with caution.The power of these poems is undeniable but the vision is so bleak as to be almost hopeless. Plath does an excellent job of making a dark and threatening world seem very, very real. In fact she is so successful I have to say I can't really recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with mental illness themselves because Plath may open doors for more monsters than some of us can handle.

    • Molly Miltenberger said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      This collection is a good representation of Sylvia Plath, but I have very mixed feelings about it. The collection itself feels manic - poems so beautiful they feel like magic next to poems that I wouldn't publish - but I think that it's a thought-provoking view of unbalance to see the collection as a whole.

    • Zoe Richardson said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Sylvia Plath is by far one of my favourite poets and although the English A-Level coursework I'm currently writing on this is incredibly hard and such a bore, Plath makes it that much more bearable. Her work is so incredibly complex and easily intertwined into her tragic, personal life.

    • Jade said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Favourites: Suicide off Egg Rock Insomniac Mirror Wuthering Heights The Moon and the Yew Tree Winter Trees Words

    • Sarah said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

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    • Tweller83 said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus"

    • Prasidh Ramson said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      A collection of chronologically published poems, selected by her husband Ted Hughes. I'd had minimal exposure to Sylvia Plath previously- we read The Arrival Of The Bee Box in school and had heard of her mental challenges and untimely suicide. This anthology provided a wonderful insight into her mind and her writing. Her poems are very visceral with a general sadness resonating through them. They also reflect her inner turmoil and mental state - feelings of loneliness, isolation, insomnia, with [...]

    • Jason said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I made this for my high-level language & literature students as we studied Plath this year.Amid the tropes (motifs?), it's tough not to be in awe of Plath's skill as a writer. Obviously, "Daddy" and "A Birthday Present" are the poet's best-known works. And rightfully so; both are great, haunting works. For my money, I'll take "Lady Lazarus" where Plath knowingly deconstructs her own reputation as a sort of suicide performer. It's a dark andtually very funny poem, yet it contains enough of th [...]

    • Asimina said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      This was the first book of poetry that i read so my approach may not be the appropriate one. However, in terms of understanding, i did not find it easy or very hard : the beginning of the poem was most times easy to cope with and the difficulty arose on the later verses. I enjoyed those little things i read and the images that emerge from Plath's poetry.

    • Charlotte said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      some lovely, powerful new-to-me poems and some old favourites.i also confronted some of the problematic aspects of plath's imagery while reading these and re-evaluated my relationship with some of her writing.

    • Bristol said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      Sylvia Plath is very good at channeling her anger, and her hurt into beautiful poems. Her depression is pretty openly talked about, and her style is unrelenting.

    • Vivi said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      sadly Plaths' poetry isn't really for me even though I absolutely enjoyed "the bell jar"

    • Carolina said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      The first poem I ever read by Sylvia Plath was ‘Mad Girl’s Love Song’ and it is to this day my favourite poem. I can recite it by heart, and I usually can’t remember the accurate lines of any poem, not even the most famous. But Plath’s verses with its simple and yet so deep imagery affected me so badly I know not only the verses to that one poem, but also several stanzas belonging to other ones, some of them included in this book.Selected Poems, sadly, doesn’t include ‘Mad Girl’s [...]

    • Rems said:
      Jul 17, 2018 - 15:22 PM

      I'm not one for poetry. I've been known to make an immsense fuss about the fact that I very much do not understand poetry, and I doubt I ever really will. It took a lot of persuasion for me to actually take the AS for English Literature, since poetry was so important to it; I only ended up agreeing since you'd do the study of the poetry before the exam, and not be left blind to try and answer questions on poems.Anyway, the poet that we had to study was Plath (and Hughes as a secondary). I think [...]

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