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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection details Plath's formidable talent.
This book is the most complete collection of Sylvia Plath's poetry assembled in one volume. It is for this reason that it belongs almost as required reading, not just in American english programs, but in secondary schools everywhere. It's value lies in it's progression of a female poet and her journey towards finding her true voice. We see the early poems,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Secondary Poet
I bought this book to find out what had bewitched Ted Hughes (whom I greatly respect}, but I could not find it, despite Ted's lengthy notes as a preface to this book of poems. Her poetry does nothing for me, I'm afraid.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Collection details Plath's formidable talent., 18 Jun 1999
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This book is the most complete collection of Sylvia Plath's poetry assembled in one volume. It is for this reason that it belongs almost as required reading, not just in American english programs, but in secondary schools everywhere. It's value lies in it's progression of a female poet and her journey towards finding her true voice. We see the early poems, methodically and skillfully written, shedding style after style of obvious influences through excercises of observation and perserverance. Through these verses, she explores and develops an intricate mythology; by the end, however, she has not lost us in her private world of symbolism and imagery, but enthralls us, heartbreakingly, through the mastery of her words. These last poems, that made up her final manuscript, are undisputedly some of the most moving and beautifully executed compositions of this past century. It is a wonderful book, one that forever changes the way the reader interprets art and the world around him that inspires it.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding, 28 Jan 2004
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It is easy - all too easy - to become obsessed with Plath's real-life mental illness, relationships, demons and ultimate suicide. It's an unfortunate fact of life that an artist dies young and her life is placed in greater prominence than her art - her life BECOMES her art. For this reason Plath is all too often dismissed as a 'feminist poet' (read 'Lesbos' and think again, frankly) and a 'troubled artist' sniffily categorised as a purveyor of 'sixth form poetry'. Christ, how anyone believing this is missing out!
Plath's rich mastery of words lends itself to a jaunty, lyrical style that seems to sing from the page. It adds a compelling immediacy to such intense and intricate poetry as 'Daddy' and 'Lady Lazarus'. Frankly, at her best Plath is a joy to read and a master storyteller - both of her own emotions ('Edge', the final poem in this collection, is perhaps the single most harrowing work of art ever written) and of products of an unnervingly fertile imagination - one so versatile that she evades all stereotypes with a sidestep as neat and sharp as her turn of phrase.
It's not all doom and gloom, either. 'Balloons', despite it's uncertain and chilling pathos, displays a razor sharp wit, while 'You're' offers a sweet, bouncing lullaby to a sweet, bouncing newborn baby - hope and renewal delivered through the birth of a child ('a clean slate/with your own face on'). 'Cut' too, is an incredibly observant and tongue-in-cheek ode to a severed thumb, while 'Three Women' tackles the lives and feelings of three women undergoing three very different childbirths (one gives birth and returns home with her child, another is a young student who gives her 'terrible red girl' up for adoption and another is appalled by her male 'flatness' having miscarried) with such grace and intensity that it is a profoundly moving masterpiece.
I could go on. 'Mirror', 'The Moon and the Yew Tree', 'Fever 103' and 'Insomniac' are all personal favourites, and the Ariel poems alone are utterly life-altering, but there is so much more in this collection - from her Juvenilia through The Colossus to the very last poems - that is testament to the intense and intelligent scope of Plath's poetry, all of which is majestically woven with the threads of language more lyrical and alive than anything else I have ever read.
An introduction from the late Ted Hughes does appear to be somewhat cold and detached, even apathetic to Plath's work, but the poetry beyond will charm and sadden and cheer and astound and enrich read after read, year after year.
A truly essential purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 3 April 2013
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I cried my eyes out. Sylvia Plath is spectacular. Hers is the most original poetry by a female voice since Emily Dickenson.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Plath is great!!, 11 Nov 1998
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The largely autobrioghical work of Plath is a major literary addition the canon of female, New England and American poetic traditions. She is truly one of the great American poets of this century, regardless what over intellectualized critics might find to fuss about. It's unfortunate that her work has been somewhat kidnapped by feminist ideologues, who have used it to promote a political agenda it was never intended for. Primary tactic among this is the demonization of Ted Hughes, her husband and poet laureate of Britain (he died recently of cancer), whose brilliant body of work in poetry, children's books, translations of classics and social & literary commentary might be unmatched by any writer in English this century. Plath's beautiful, poignant sometimes searing poetry stands tall in it's own write, well above the political affectations lesser readers might want to put on it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A not to be missed collection of this great poet., 19 Nov 1998
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Sylvia Plath's poetry ranges from exuberant to searingly painful. Ted Hughes, her husband and one of formost poets and critics in the English language, has done a masterful job in designing this collection and adding editorial explications. Sylvia Plath's poetry has been, at times, usurped by feminist ideologues for purposes it was not intended for. It stands in it's own right, though, as the primarily autobiographical story of a young woman's struggles and triumphs, written with clarity and brilliance. Plath is one of the formost American poets of the century, and regardless of what some fuddy duddy over intellectualized critics might say of her work, it is a joy and often a sorrow to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Secondary Poet, 19 May 2014
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I bought this book to find out what had bewitched Ted Hughes (whom I greatly respect}, but I could not find it, despite Ted's lengthy notes as a preface to this book of poems. Her poetry does nothing for me, I'm afraid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia Plath: Collected Poems - A Review by Barry Van-Asten, 19 Aug 2014
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Published in 1981, with an introduction by Ted Hughes, the collected works is an astounding body of work indeed! Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) is an utterly remarkable poet whose works can disturb and fascinate in turn, creating a ‘secret world’ in which the reader has stumbled upon. Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts and she married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956. Her first volume of poetry ‘The Colossus’ was published in 1960 and her only novel ‘The Bell Jar’ followed in 1963, prior to her suicide. The collection ‘Ariel’ published in 1965 contains perhaps her best known works: ‘The Bee Meeting’, ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Daddy’. Plath is essential reading for any enthusiast of poetry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sylvia plath, 10 Jun 2014
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Has a large selection of Plath's poems and is a good price. The cover could be better the greyness is not very appealing
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 16 May 2014
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Absolutely love this book - it features all of sylvia plath's main work and is an excellent book to have on your bedside table
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia Plath- Collected Poems., 29 Mar 2014
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Have always been fascinated with Plath's poetry. Wanted to get an idea of her development and output during the years she wrote.
Well laid out book- looking forward to reading this!
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