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Sylvia Plath s poetry is the North American late response to French Symbolism and Latin Magic Realism During her short career indeed this young, red haired poet achieved what her fellow countrymen hadn t been able to fathom yet an all American interpretation of two intellectual movements so utterly alien and unintelligible to a society in which Pop artists and Beatniks were dominating the whole scene What would be known as the Paris New York Shift had established a new cultural polarity, a dichotomy between European intellectualism and American avant garde Plath was brave enough to cross that border and explore the unknown territory spreading in front of her The first connection with Symbolism is to be found in the juxtaposition of visual art and poetry Plath s references to French painting are quite explicit in Snakecharmer and Yadwiga on a Red Couch , visions inspired by Henri Rousseau s paintings same titles as for The Shrike , one can t help but think of Chagall s dreamy visions of men flying over cityscapes B cklin is another artist she often refers to, sharing his gothic fantasies of imaginary Lands of the Dead.Also her affinity with Magic Realism emerges in the way she looks to the world through the eyes of animals and other unexpected subjects, such as in Mushrooms and Blue Moles The poet often identifies with any sort of creature living and dying in the darkness moles, worms, the roots of flowers and plants she seems to share their mysterious, secret existence although living her family life as a mother of two Even the most trivial occurrences give her the chance to journey through reality working in her orchard, a short vacation on the lakeside, returning to her hometown are something and something different than that, the start of a journey to an unknown, unexpected destination I m not going to deny the way her tragical death she committed suicide at the age of 31 heavily affects the reader s perception while reading her poems It obviously does, especially because she was perfectly aware of her own self destructiveness She fought a lifelong struggle against mental issues and her work reflected her sufferings quite honestly and shamelessly most of her poems are permeated by a sense of existential pain she managed to depict with a heartbreaking imagery of gloomy landscapes, haunting presences, disquieting journeys through moors, winding paths, snowy countryside, bleak sea landscapes Even though no other poem equals The Disquieting Muses see De Chirico s painting in describing Plath s state of anguish, embodied by three horrible female creatures, Channel Crossing is also a poignant metafore in which life is compared to an awful voyage, whereas her Soliloquy of the Solipsist is the ultimate withdrawal of the self, when the Other become a mere product of her mind My look s leash Dangles the puppet people Who, unaware how they dwindle,Laugh, kiss, get drunk,Nor guess that if I choose to blinkThey die The main source of unease though is the obsessive memory of her dead father, forever haunting her daily life and undermining her self confidence Her poetic imagery revolves around a frightening sense of doom and vulnerability, even so when her father takes the shape of a Colossus , unattainable and overwhelming I crawl like an ant in mourningOver the weedy acre of your brow To mend the immense skull plates and clear The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.However, another theme not to be overlooked is the intense eroticism of Sylvia s poetry In Pursuit the lover becomes a wild beast ready to devour its willing prey, whereas The Glutton is an erotically charged metafore comparing sex to cannibalism in Virgin in a Tree the myth of Apollo and Daphne gives Plath the chance to cry over the repression of sexuality in a few deliciously ambiguous lines Neglect sGiven her lips that lemon tasting droop Untongued, all beauty s bright juice sours This volume also provides the reader with a selection of fifty poems written by Sylvia before 1956, poems in which her skills are already outstandingly developed these early texts are of enormous interest for the admirers of this tragically talented woman Thank you so much, Sylvia I wish you didn t do what you did Well, I hope you re better now. 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 exciting adventure However I strongly advise you DO NOT stick your head in an oven during this drunken escapade to replicate how the author might have felt before her last seconds on earth expiredThis could end in truly deadly results or, even worse, a failed attempt to make a joke out of this shameful incident at future family gatherings or while hanging out with friends This will only lead to ridicule and the epiphany that close family and friends have not been laughing with you all those years, but at you.Finally, I mostly read this book because I was accused of being misogynistic due to the lack of women authors I have read I hope I have proven to you all that I am not misogynistic and do, in fact, like women After reading Sylvia Plath a woman , I hope you all think I am not misogynistic anyHowever, I still believe women have smaller brains and belong in the kitchenI don t know, after sobering up, her words are a bit clamoured together and read densely I CAN T DO IT I am sorry world, but there is not enough booze for me to get through it I shamefully throw in the towel, its just too denseI guess I really do hate women after allsorry Life is too short to torture yourself and drudge through thisPlath taught us that Super dope quotes We mask our past in the green of eden, pretend future s shining fruit can sprout from the navel of this present waste Horizontal lines are like duskeveryone breathing the same Also the poems Pursuit and Tale of a Tub are pretty great. 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 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 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 the lens of her suicide Hemingway commited suicide too, but if I recall correctly people celebrate his LIFE and not his death And don t even get me started on all those who read Plath and practically no other poetry.Sounds like I don t like her much, eh Actually I have no problems with her just her fans I find irritating Her work is good, and not about suicide or sad things at all Daddy good as it is, isn t even close to her best work though it may be the most quintessential The best way to read her, IMHO is to pretend you know nothing of the women and get over the obsession with tacking every poem to her biography Poems are meant to be free If you want her life story read her diary. 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 talking about.I ve spent a dozen years reading this book and I ve learned that Plath and I may cross over emotionally, but our poetic jaws are not the same I don t always understand how her construction works Part of why I keep reading.Having her all together like this, including juvenilia, is a lesson, especially as her life was so short I ve sought several other complete works since stumbling across this one. 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 screamsI 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, words underlined and phrases highlighted Scraps of paper with my thoughts tucked between the pages Its the only book I have ever taken a pencil to and its incredibly private It doesn t live on my bookshelves with the rest of my collection And its the only book I don t lend out the friends and family I m selfish with it.Each time I pick it up, I flick to a random page, and take it all in again afresh Each reading means something different to me, or I see something a different way For how angry, destructive and wrenching these poems are they also set the reader free, and that s why I keep coming back to them. 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 cabin in the woods I still wish I was there on vacation reading this book of poetry.These poems are just so emotional and honest They speak to me as a woman There is just something about Sylvia Plath s writing that I connect with at the very core of myself I m sure some psychiatrist would have a field day with that, but there it is Overall I thought The Collected Poems of Sylvia Plath was a great book of poetry that I would recommend to all Sylvia Plath fans, even if you aren t a poetry fan. 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 the one s longevity and the other s daring.Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars, The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.Sometimes I think that when I am sleeping I must most perfectly resemble them Thoughts gone dim.It is natural to me, lying down.Then the sky and I are in open conversation, And I shall be useful when I lie down finally Then the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers have time for me. Astute, ironic, and intense, Plath s poems brood over a wide range of topics, through language that s cutting in its precision The poet s sharp intellect consistently is interesting, but her early collections read as less forceful and breathtaking than her later ones with age, Plath moved away from the stiff but accomplished formalism of her early poetry toward a risk taking aesthetic of the theatrical Had she had the chance to develop that style, she likely would have fulfilled her early promise and published several daring volumes. 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 could or should re organize her order after she died is beyond me maybe it had something to do with that fact that he and his worthless writing is only famous for the assosciation with her just saying, is all.