Plath

ISBN-10: 0375404643

ISBN-13: 9780375404641

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Description: A representative selection of verse by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who left in the wake of her personal tragedy a legacy of poems that combine terrifying intensity and dazzling artistry. With their brutally frank self-exposure and emotional immediacy, Plath's poems, from "Lady Lazarus" to "Daddy," have had an enduring influence on contemporary poetry.

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/13/1998
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 3.75" wide x 6.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.726
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.

Jilted
Bluebeard
Trio of Love Songs
Lament
Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea
Epitaph in Three Parts
Channel Crossing
Ode for Ted
Song for a Summer's Day
Two Sisters of Persephone
Faun
Letter to a Purist
Alicante Lullaby
Wreath for a Bridal
Fiesta Melons
Spider
Spinster
Black Rook in Rainy Weather
Hardcastle Crags
The Lady and the Earthenware Head
All the Dead Dears
The Disquieting Muses
Ouija
On the Decline of Oracles
Snakecharmer
Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor
The Bull of Bendylaw
Suicide off Egg Rock
Metaphors
Electra on Azalea Path
The Beekeeper's Daughter
Man in Black
The Colossus
Poem for a Birthday
Who
Dark House
Maenad
The Beast
Flute Notes from a Reedy Pond
Witch Burning
The Stones
Mushrooms
You're
The Hanging Man
Stillborn
Candles
Zoo Keeper's Wife
Face Lift
Morning Song
Barren Woman
Heavy Women
In Plaster
Tulips
I Am Vertical
Blackberrying
The Moon and the Yew Tree
Mirror
Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices
Little Fugue
An Appearance
Crossing the Water
Among the Narcissi
Pheasant
Elm
The Rabbit Catcher
Event
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
The Applicant
Daddy
Medusa
Fever 103[degree]
Amnesiac
Cut
By Candlelight
Ariel
Poppies in October
Nick and the Candlestick
Lady Lazarus
Death and Co.
Winter Trees
Childless Woman
Sheep in Fog
The Munich Mannequins
Totem
Child
Paralytic
Gigolo
Mystic
Kindness
Words
Contusion
Balloons
Edge
Notes on Poems 1956-1963
Index of Fist Lines
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