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on 7 November 2002
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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on 6 July 2009
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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on 7 October 2016
10/10 would come to the realisation that Syliva Plath is a underrated and overlooked poet, and should not be shadowed by Ted Hughes, again! ;)
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on 21 October 2015
Great, many thanks.
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on 25 October 2014
Excellent edition!
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on 6 September 2014
great collection
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on 5 December 2015
Brilliant!
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on 12 May 2015
Excellent
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on 15 October 2016
Arrived in decent time and is a really interesting read.
The book was in worse condition than was indicated but none the less I'm happy with it :)
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on 24 January 2015
These poems mark the space, for me, where Plath chose to lay her head; give life, before life engulfed her circus mind.
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