The Collected Poems

The Collected Poems The aim of the present complete edition which contains a numbered sequence of the poems written after together with a further poems chosen from her pre work is to bring Sylvia Plath

  • Title: The Collected Poems
  • Author: Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes
  • ISBN: 9780808595045
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The aim of the present complete edition, which contains a numbered sequence of the 224 poems written after 1956 together with a further 50 poems chosen from her pre 1956 work, is to bring Sylvia Plath s poetry together in one volume, including the various uncollected and unpublished pieces, and to set everything in as true a chronological order as is possible, so that theThe aim of the present complete edition, which contains a numbered sequence of the 224 poems written after 1956 together with a further 50 poems chosen from her pre 1956 work, is to bring Sylvia Plath s poetry together in one volume, including the various uncollected and unpublished pieces, and to set everything in as true a chronological order as is possible, so that the whole progress and achievement of this unusual poet will become accessible to readers.

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    1. Sylvia Plath Ted Hughes

      Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas The book s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York The plot parallels Plath s experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt.Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry initiated by Robert Lowell and W.D Snodgrass Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, in England, on a Fulbright fellowship Here she met and married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.In 1960, shortly after Plath and Hughes returned to England from America, her first collection of poems appeared as The Colossus She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Plath s son, Nicholas Farrar, was born in 1962 Plath took her own life on the morning of February 11, 1963 Leaving out bread and milk, she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on.Her father was Otto Emil Plath.

    713 thoughts on “The Collected Poems”


    1. i keep coming back to plath as a source of inspiration for my own writing or alternately as a reason to never try to write anything again because, people, she is one of the best arguably one of the top five american poets of all time the only downer of this book is that ted hughes edited it, and he was the piece of shit she killed herself over so if you want to read the ariel poems in their correct, initially intended order check out the notes in the back for that why that asshole thought he cou [...]


    2. Whoo boy, nobody has given me trouble than Sylvia Plath Only Byron may be as difficult in seperating the personality from the work, and with him we at least have a good bit of time since the works were actually written I half wonder if anybody can really be objective about her work See, she has a group of followers who just about worship her to the point of Tori Amos s fans, where everything she s done is meaningful and perfect Her suicide date is celebrated Every word she wrote is put through [...]


    3. Sylvia Plath was super gangsta She stuck her head in an oven and killed herself Besides that, she wrote some pretty dope poetry and was super fresh I apologize for writing in outdated youthful urban slang, but I was bored and thought it might spice up these less than mediocre reviews I can see now, after closer examination, this was a terrible decision Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience Also reading Plath s poems extremely intoxicated on alcoholic beverages can be a rewarding and exci [...]


    4. I keep coming back to Sylvia Plath whenever I m trying to make sense of my own troubles Since my troubles rarely make sense, that means I come back to this quite often.Which is so incredibly cliched, it would normally make me cringe I mean, its screams I m a damaged girl, and I read Sylvia Plath, just like all the other damaged girls But I don t cringe, because ultimately, her poetry makes me feel I have this incredibly old, earmarked and tattered edition that is full of notes in the margins, wo [...]


    5. My psychiatrist laughed when I said I read Sylvia Plath, why do all you young women etc I do think part of it is that Sylvia becomes a friend if you go through some of the same stuff she did Any famous person who shares your condition does But to say that s all she s good for, as if there s no merit or instruction in her workAnd then, once again, it s back to the emotional Plath phrases that crush your head both because they are so well wrought and also because you know exactly what she was talk [...]


    6. angelerin 2016 03I really enjoyed reading Sylvia Plath s poetry Ever since I read The Bell Jar and then googled Sylvia and learned about her I have been fascinated by her life and her work I also loved her book of unabridged journals So when I saw there was a book of her poetry I just had to buy it and read it.Sylvia Plath s writing is just so addicting Everything flows beautifully and I just loved so many of these poems I had such a great time reading this book while I was out relaxing in a ca [...]


    7. I had this exact edition and carried this book with me all the time My favorite poem is below in it is below I Am VerticalBy Sylvia PlathBut I would rather be horizontal.I am not a tree with my root in the soilSucking up minerals and motherly loveSo that each March I may gleam into leaf, Nor am I the beauty of a garden bedAttracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted, Unknowing I must soon unpetal.Compared with me, a tree is immortalAnd a flower head not tall, but startling, And I want t [...]


    8. So it turns out The Collected Poems means literally everything Sylvia Plath EVER wrote It s arranged or less chronologically, and when I was about halfway through the book I was all set to only give it three stars At 2 3 of the way through, it had gone up to four stars, and by the last 20 30 pages there was no way it was getting anything less than five Although her earlier poems aren t to my particular taste, and you can tell her command of the craft is still developing, it s so wonderful to be [...]


    9. First my rating applies to the edition, not the poetry.After hacking away at this collected poems for the better part of six months, I m not sure I have any interest in rating the poems I think, in part, this is due to a certain experience I had in reading, as if this were a history book or a chronicle rather than a work of literature Of course, while that reveals something unsavory of my predisposition as a reader, I think it at leaves gives a hint as to how the work struck me.Whereas the work [...]


    10. I know I m a cretin As much as I love some of these poems, as a whole, this book is exhausting I firmly believe that Sylvia Plath was a great artist, in prose as well as poetry The Bell Jar is one of my favorite novels Nor do I think that her personality or the legend of her life overpowers her work What personality could dim the power of Conversation Among the Ruins , The Colossus or Lady Lazarus They are some of her most well known poems, but they stand out even in this massive collection This [...]


    11. I ve taught this collection at A Level and it was a challenging yet enlightening experience Plath s imagistic, brutal poems are beautiful yet cutting Our appreciation of her work is certainly heightened by a knowledge of relevant biographical information her father s death and the effect it had upon her her marriage to Ted her psychological and emotional state her suicide attempts etc but these poems are engaging literary gems in themselves Vibrant colour symbolism, aggressive imagery, haunting [...]


    12. I have never really liked poetry, so I wasn t sure if I was going to like this book when I first started it, but after reading this collection my feelings have really changed Sylvia Plath is a very powerful poet, who can turn an ordinary experience into a thunderstorm of emotions For example, in her poem Cut she writes about cutting her thumb while cooking While this sounds mundane, her choice of words and tempo make a hauntingly beautiful poem In my favorite poem in the book, Lady Lazarus This [...]


    13. It would be an understatement to say that I fell in love with Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar sank my heart, broke it in two, and revived it again Her choice of words, even in prose, dance through your mind and are hard to forget.This is especially true, though, of her poetry Each poem has a beautiful life of its own, but together as an anthology, the poems show Plath s true heart, fickle, angry, passionate, uninhibited From the disturbing poems like Daddy to finding eloquent beauty is simple things [...]


    14. i m not into poetry, but i love plath i was hooked first on her recording of The Thin Peopleshe s grim, she s angry, she s mad i love her brutal emotion and her use of alliteration is unrivaled yummy i d like to die wrapped in her words, like a spider s snack, woven and suffocated in them


    15. These are beautiful, honest, wrenching poems They show us life through the lens of a brilliant mind, struggling to keep reality at bay and to overcome her inner demons They are all haunting, but my thoughts keep coming back to two in particular In CHILD, Sylvia Plath tells her baby how she would love for his beautiful eyes to reflect only wonderful things rather than the anxious, troubled spirit she has become In MIRROR, she personifies a looking glass Speaking in the first person, she tells the [...]


    16. I think this collection may be even essential than Ariel, though Ariel is of a landmark This book is literally therapy for me I don t care if Plath is a cliche she was a genius and you can experience it through this work.


    17. When I first tackled this in 2009, I just didn t get it If you feel the same, especially if you love the Bell Jar as I do, come back to it It s worth it.


    18. Here s my favorite poem from this book The night is only a sort of carbon paper,Blueblack, with the much poked periods of starsLetting in the light, peephole after peephole A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things.Under the eyes of the stars and the moon s rictusHe suffers his desert pillow, sleeplessnessStretching its fine, irritating sand in all directions.Over and over the old, granular movieExposes embarrassments the mizzling daysOf childhood and adolescence, sticky with dreams,Paren [...]


    19. I am fascinated by insanity, instability, depression People who fall into that hole and never get out, who resurface only to fall right back in I am fascinated by their stories, how they got there, how things end, and how they get there Sylvia Plath s poetry is about all of these things, but also about everything else, and I have always been fascinated by this woman who has been dead for almost 50 years She is notorious for many things, her honesty, her imagery, and the way she took her own life [...]


    20. When I started reading this book a little and kinda hard journey began for me Here s why 1 I have never read a poetry collection before, just a few poems standing alone So I wasn t really used to reading that much poetry on a day.2 I read the English version because I wanted to read the poet s original words This resulted in a lot of vocabulary problems and me, questioning my English skills, and if I learned anything at all in school But after a few days I got used to it and understood .3 I real [...]


    21. Yes please This is a fabulous collection of all MzPlath s work Lady Lazurus is my favorite by far Shall I list it here Well, ok.Lady Lazarus I have done it again One year in every ten I manage it A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright as a Nazi lampshade, My right foot A paperweight, My featureless, fine Jew linen Peel off the napkin O my enemy Do I terrify The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth The sour breath Will vanish in a day Soon, soon the flesh The grave cave ate will be At hom [...]



    22. Colossus This is pretty goth Many of the poems are at least partly about nature the outdoors, but often have a sinister melancholy vibe aura, depending on how you feel who you are Faves Spinster, Black Rook, Hardcastle Crag, Disquieting Muses, Ghost s Leavetaking, Lorelei, Green Rock Winthrop Bay, The Bull of Bendylaw, The Eye Mote last stanza , Poem for a Birthday.Crossing the Water Couple love poems in this one Faves Stillborn, Two Campers in Cloud County, Love Letter, A Life, Parliament Hill [...]


    23. Sylvia Plath has long been one of my favorite poets and I am glad I finally got her collected works I read a handful of these in college, Daddy and Metaphors, but those did not really give me a feel for Plath as an artist My respect for her has grown even She is complex than I have previously thought Many of the poems I do not understand and look forward to learning about interpreting them when I start grad school But the ones I do get grab at me like a choke hold Lady Lazarus is one that com [...]


    24. I don t even know, man There were days when I could not sleep without reading her poetry I d like to think, though, that Sylvia would not be very happy with Ted s publishing of all of her poems, since some did not seem good enough for her Her poetry is heavy with tough vocab and complex forms that sometimes I d stop and think What the hell is this poem about And don t get me started on how she inspired me to write poems That woman s life should be acknowledged and celebrated rather than her su [...]


    25. 3.5 stars would be a better rating, but three stars is unjustifiable Due to personal allegiances and taste, placing Plath at 5 stars and thererby even with Robert Desnos is impossible for me With that said, Plath is a master Her use of imagination, original images, perfectly fitted metaphor, persona, and, especially tone is powerful Emotion is her thing It seeps out of her poetry, but never alienates the reader, instead, her pain engages the reader All those High School goths girls out there are [...]



    26. Dying Is an art, like everything else I do it exceptionally well I do it so it feels like hell I do it so it feels real I guess you could say I ve a call Favourites Tulips Elm Ariel Lady Lazarus Edge didn t quite like the juvenilia section, but Plath is brilliant and her writing feels like starvation



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