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This review is from: Sylvia Plath (Faber 80th Anniversary Edition) (Hardcover)
To celebrate Faber and Faber's 80th anniversary this selection of Sylvia Plath's poetry has been re-issued with a new hardcover. This is the first time that I have read any of her poetry, I had only read her brilliant semi-autobiographical novel before, The Bell Jar.
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.