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Sylvia Plath - Selected Poems (Faber Poetry) Paperback – 3 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571135862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571135868
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath offers a classic selection of the poetry of one of the twentieth century's most influential poets.

About the Author

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at Smith College. In 1955 she went to Cambridge University on a Fulbright scholarship, where she met and later married Ted Hughes. She published one collection of poems in her lifetime, The Colossus (1960), and a novel, The Bell Jar (1963); Ariel was published posthumously in 1965. Her Collected Poems, which contains her poetry written from 1956 until her death, was published in 1981 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.


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I am a huge fan of Sylvia Plath's poetry and, for me, this selection is where it all began back when I was a student. All the great poems are included here, such as 'Daddy', 'Ariel' and 'Tulips', printed in chronologic order. What I love most about Plath's poetry is the theme of identity; trying to understand herself and the times at which she doesn't is the cause for such isolation and vulnerablity. Clearly, there are some extremely depressing aspects to her work - the hospital visits, the suicide attempts and death in general, yet for me these just add more depth and profundity to her work. What many people all too easily forget I think, is that there is also much that is uplifting here too. Poems of motherhood and the joy that insires in the poet are evident in 'You're' and 'Morning Song'. I would almost be criminal not to read this selection alongside her fabulous novel 'The Bell Jar' just to see how deeply personal both her prose and verse truely are, all relating to events in Plath's difficult life. Personal favourites would have to be 'Ariel' and 'Cut' - the later makes you feel weak by the end of it! Yet, over all the rest, the final two poems of the selection, which were indeed her final poems, written days before she took her own life, 'Words' and 'Edge' are pure perfection. Indeed, the sense that Plath knew what she was about to do, even when writing these poems, is made clear; "The woman is perfected./Her dead//Body wears the smile of accomplishment". Plath is a fanatatic writer and this is a fantastic selection. My only criticism of this selection is it misses out some wonderful poems, such as 'Lady Lazarus', but still is utimately awe-inspiring.
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This is a lovely selection of poems by Sylvia Plath and has encouraged me to read more of her work. The recent BBC4 poetry programme on her Wuthering Heights woke me to the wonderful poetry of Sylvia Plath.
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5 star for the service but cannot say much about the book as it was a gift to someone else
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Bought for my daughter for her syllabus. Very happy with it.
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Lovely book, couldn't find it anywhere else. Thanks Amazon
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Great, many thanks.
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Excellent edition!
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great collection
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