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Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0060909005
ISBN-13: 9780060909000
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List price: $17.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/25/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

Sylvia Plath's best poetry was produced, tragically, as she pondered self-destruction---in her poems as well as her life---and she eventually committed suicide. She had an extraordinary impact on British as well as American poetry in the few years before her death, and affected many poets, particularly women, in the generation after. She is a confessional poet, influenced by the approach of Robert Lowell. Born in Boston, a graduate of Smith College, Plath attended Newnham College, Cambridge University, on a Fulbright Fellowship and married the British poet Ted Hughes. Of her first collection,The Colossus and Other Poems (1962), the Times Literary Supplement remarked, "Plath writes from phrase to phrase as well as with an eye on the larger architecture of the poem; each line, each sentence is put together with a good deal of care for the springy rhythm, the arresting image and---most of all, perhaps---the unusual word." Plath's second book of poetry, Ariel, written in 1962 in a last fever of passionate creative activity, was published posthumously in 1965 and explores dimensions of women's anger and sexuality in groundbreaking new ways. Plath's struggles with women's issues, in the days before the second wave of American feminism, became legendary in the 1970s, when a new generation of women readers and writers turned to her life as well as her work to understand the contradictory pressures of ambitious and talented women in the 1950s. The Bell Jar---first published under a pseudonym in 1963 and later issued under Plath's own name in England in 1966---is an autobiographical novel describing an ambitious young woman's efforts to become a "real New York writer" only to sink into mental illness and despair at her inability to operate within the narrow confines of traditional feminine expectations. Plath was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982. In recent years, there have been a number of biographies and critical evaluations of Plath's work.

Ted Hughes was born on August 17, 1930 in England and attended Cambridge University, where he became interested in anthropology and folklore. These interests would have a profound effect on his poetry. In 1956, Hughes married famed poet Sylvia Plath. He taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1957 until 1959, and he stopped writing altogether for several years after Plath's suicide in 1963. Hughes's poetry is highly marked by harsh and savage language and depictions, emphasizing the animal quality of life. He soon developed a creature called Crow who appeared in several volumes of poetry including A Crow Hymn and Crow Wakes. A creature of mythic proportions, Crow symbolizes the victim, the outcast, and a witness to life and destruction. Hughes's other works also created controversy because of their style, manner, and matter, but he has won numerous honors, including the Somerset Maugham Award in 1960, and the Queen's Medal for Poetry in 1974. His greatest honor came in 1984, when he was named Poet Laureate of England. Ted Hughes died in 1998.

Introduction
Poems 1956-1963
1956
Conversation Among the Ruins
Winter Landscape, with Rooks
Pursuit
Bucolics
Tale of a Tub
Southern Sunrise
Channel Crossing
Prospect
The Queen's Complaint
Ode for Ted
Firesong
Song for a Summer's Day
Two Sisters of Persephone
Vanity Fair
Strumpet Song
Tinker Jack and the Tidy Wives
Faun
Street Song
Letter to a Purist
Soliloquy of the Solipsist
Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest
The Glutton
Monologue at 3 a.m.
Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper
Recantation
The Shrike
Alicante Lullaby
Dream with Clam-Diggers
Wreath for a Bridal
Epitaph for Fire and Flower
Fiesta Melons
The Goring
The Beggars
Spider
Spinster
Rhyme
Departure
Maudlin
Resolve
Landowners
Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats
Crystal Gazer
November Graveyard
Black Rook in Rainy Weather
1957
The Snowman on the Moor
Mayflower
Sow
The Everlasting Monday
Hardcastle Crags
The Thin People
On the Difficulty of Conjuring Up a Dryad
On the Plethora of Dryads
The Other Two
The Lady and the Earthenware Head
All the Dead Dears
Natural History
Two Views of Withens
The Great Carbuncle
Words for a Nursery
The Disquieting Muses
Night Shift
Ouija
On the Decline of Oracles
Snakecharmer
A Lesson in Vengeance
1958
Virgin in a Tree
Perseus: The Triumph of Wit Over Suffering
Battle-Scene from the Comic Operatic Fantasy The Seafarer
Yadwigha, on a Red Couch, Among Lilies
A Winter's Tale
Above the Oxbow
Memoirs of a Spinach-Picker
The Ghost's Leavetaking
Sculptor
Full Fathom Five
Lorelei
Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor
Moonrise
Frog Autumn
In Midas' Country
Incommunicado
Child's Park Stones
Owl
Whiteness I Remember
Fable of the Rhododendron Stealers
The Death of Myth-Making
Green Rock, Winthrop Bay
The Companionable Ills
I Want, I Want
Poems, Potatoes
The Times Are Tidy
1959
The Bull of Bendylaw
The Eye-mote
Point Shirley
Goatsucker
Watercolor of Grantchester Meadows
A Winter Ship
Aftermath
Two Views of a Cadaver Room
Suicide off Egg Rock
The Ravaged Face
Metaphors
Electra on Azalea Path
The Beekeeper's Daughter
The Hermit at Outermost House
Man in Black
Old Ladies' Home
The Net-Menders
Magnolia Shoals
The Sleepers
Yaddo: The Grand Manor
Medallion
The Manor Garden
Blue Moles
Dark Wood, Dark Water
Polly's Tree
The Colossus
Private Ground
Poem for a Birthday
Who
Dark House
Maenad
The Beast
Flute Notes from a Reedy Pond
Witch Burning
The Stones
The Burnt-out Spa
Mushrooms
1960
You're
The Hanging Man
Stillborn
On Deck
Sleep in the Mojave Desert
Two Campers in Cloud Country
Leaving Early
Love Letter
Magi
Candles
A Life
Waking in Winter
1961
Parliament Hill Fields
Whitsun
Zoo Keeper's Wife
Face Lift
Morning Song
Barren Woman
Heavy Women
In Plaster
Tulips
I Am Vertical
Insomniac
Widow
Stars Over the Dordogne
The Rival
Wuthering Heights
Blackberrying
Finisterre
The Surgeon at 2 a.m.
Last Words
The Moon and the Yew Tree
Mirror
The Babysitters
1962
New Year on Dartmoor
Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices
Little Fugue
An Appearance
Crossing the Water
Among the Narcissi
Pheasant
Elm
The Rabbit Catcher
Event
Apprehensions
Berck-Plage
The Other
Words heard, by accident, over the phone
Poppies in July
Burning the Letters
For a Fatherless Son
A Birthday Present
The Detective
The Courage of Shutting-Up
The Bee Meeting
The Arrival of the Bee Box
Stings
The Swarm
Wintering
A Secret
The Applicant
Daddy
Medusa
The Jailer
Lesbos
Stopped Dead
Fever 103[degree]
Amnesiac
Lyonnesse
Cut
By Candlelight
The Tour
Ariel
Poppies in October
Nick and the Candlestick
Purdah
Lady Lazarus
The Couriers
Getting There
The Night Dances
Gulliver
Thalidomide
Letter in November
Death & Co.
Years
The Fearful
Mary's Song
Winter Trees
Brasilia
Childless Woman
Eavesdropper
1963
Sheep in Fog
The Munich Mannequins
Totem
Child
Paralytic
Gigolo
Mystic
Kindness
Words
Contusion
Balloons
Edge
Notes on Poems 1956-1963
The 'Ariel' Poems
Translation
A Concordance with Published Volumes
Juvenilia
A Selection of Fifty Early Poems
Bitter Strawberries
Family Reunion
Female Author
April 18
Gold mouths cry
Dirge for a Joker
To Eva Descending the Stair
Cinderella
Jilted
Sonnet: To Eva
Bluebeard
Aquatic Nocturne
Notes to a Neophyte
Metarmorphoses of the Moon
Dialogue En Route
To a Jilted Lover
The Dream
Sonnet: To Time
The Trial of Man
April Aubade
Go get the goodly squab
Trio of Love Songs
Lament
Doomsday
Moonsong at Morning
Doom of Exiles
The Dispossessed
Admonitions
Never try to trick me with a kiss
The Dead
Danse macabre
Circus in Three Rings
Prologue to Spring
Song for a Revolutionary Love
Sonnet to Satan
A Sorcerer Bids Farewell to Seem
Midsummer Mobile
On Looking into the Eyes of a Demon Lover
Insolent storm strikes at the skull
Denouement
Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea
Black Pine Tree in an Orange Light
Terminal
Love Is a Parallax
Aerialist
Morning in the Hospital Solarium
The Princess and the Goblins
Touch-and-Go
Temper of Time
Epitaph in Three Parts
Uncollected Juvenilia: A complete list of poems composed before 1956
Index of Titles and First Lines
Poems 1956-1963
Fifty Early Poems

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