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on 19 August 2014
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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on 1 September 2014
There are authors, writers and poets. But there are also unique creatures who inhale the life and exhale it in words. Sylvia Plath was one of them. She was not just a writer, or a poet. She was a miracle of life.

Her poems are deep, thoughtful and everything but mediocre.
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on 30 June 1999
By reading this book you are entering the world of Sylvia Plath.Her happiness and her depression.Poems like "The Ghosts Leavetaking","Daddy",and "Ariel" are filled with beautiful language with some of the most energetic language with a disturbing message.It will leave ytou satisfied and slightly chilled.
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on 8 April 1999
This book is a collection of all her poetry written from 1956-1963, and also contains some work which she wrote as a student, before 1956. It is impossible to pinpoint a favourite poem, or to pick one out as being more memorable than the rest, as each poem is an absolute gem, which not only arouses and evokes strong emotions, but also is an entity and unit of a new, different emotion. It is as if the words are like building blocks, laid together correctly to produce a magnificent building, which houses a new refreshing spiritual experience; each poem housing a different one, but each just as powerful. The book also contains notes on some of her poems, with brief explanations, although with literature this powerful, it is more appropriate to FEEL the poems, rather than see the logic and rationale behind them.
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on 27 November 2015
Lovely collection
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on 11 December 2014
Fantastic
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on 10 December 2015
Great
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on 10 April 2015
good
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on 14 March 2013
I have read many of the poems by Ted Hughes and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. It is clear that she was a very disturbed lady but was able to express her feelings wonderfully in words.
It is a very sad, and indeed tragic, that in this modern age of Facebook and Twitter and the like the younger generation have not got a clue about how to express their feelings, or make any effort to understand how to so do, when so few of them read a good book, or some wonderful poetry. Indeed I question sometimes whether any of them can read much beyond "yeah"!, "no"! or "well like"
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Collected Plath and Collected Hughes should be read and enjoyed alongside one another. Plath's development as a writer is a fascinating study in itself. Reading her poetry, even just dipping in at a random point, will reveal endless surprises and stunning imagery throughout her life's work. Don't just go over and over the Ariel poems. Sylvia's poetry matured steadily and the 'Ariel voice' gathered depth, beauty and power; it seemed to burst out of nowhere. Through the Collected Poems, we can trace Sylvia's passionate talent.
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