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Full of harsh beauty but too obscure for me
on 16 August 2010
After reading the other reviews I think I'm a bit of a Philistine so far as Sylvia Plath is concerned. I find much of her poetry obscure and hard to fathom, even though some of the imagery is spectacular and original. I also wonder whether I have the same edition (the cover looks the same as that shown on Amazon's site except that mine is grey instead of what appears to be dark blue) because others refer to starting with the word `Love' (so does mine) and ending with `Spring'. Mine ends with `life', and lacks the foreword by Frieda Hughes, which might perhaps have helped.
For me, the intrusion of blood, hospitals, an ambulance, sirens, etc makes many of the poems feel morbid. Even so, I can see a bleak beauty in her work and would like to understand it better. There is a depth and obscurity to the poems, which improve with familiarity. I like `The Moon and the Yew Tree' and the bee poems, but in my view this is not an easy volume for the casual reader.