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Sylvia Plath (Voices in Poetry) Hardcover – 1 Mar 1994
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One of six wonderful poetry collections published to celebrate Faber's 80th anniversary --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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). 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. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Sylvia Plath was a proponent of the school of confessional poetry, thus you will find some semi-autobiographical poems here. Although I thoroughly appreciate that her poetry isn't everyones cup of tea, indeed some of these poems I had to read a couple of times to get the full meaning of them, they are very good. This selection of her poems was selected by her estranged husband Ted Hughes, and contains 45 poems; amongst them are Daddy, Ariel,Tulips and of course Wuthering Heights. Never having read any of her poetry before I had heard of these ones, the others I hadn't so I don't really know what her most famous are.
All these poems show that she had the mastery of her subject, strongly using metaphor to build up something very visual as you read through them. In her lifetime she only had one volume of poetry published, but this selection covers those that were published after her sad death. The poems here are placed in the chronological order that they were first written in. Ideally reading this you will need some quiet time, too much distraction and you won't be able to completely grasp and take in the quality and sheer mastery of them.