Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Her poems] have that exquisite, heart-breaking quality about them that has made Sylvia Plath our acknowledged Queen of Sorrows. Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other. Sylvia Plath, “The Colossus” from The Colossus. Source: The Colossus (Random House, Inc., ). Sylvia Plath’s first book of poetry, The Colossus, and Other Poems, was generally well received as the clever first book of a promising young poet. The poems.

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I’ve never given the collection much credit; like many, I was rather blinded by the incandescence of the Ariel poems, and tended to think of this book as a sort of worksheet preparing for those late poems. Stunning and haunting collection. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Sylvia Plath has done to me twice in the last 48 hours what not many other writers has ever done before, that being keeping me up into the early hours.

Her sense of humor is so unique and slow. Maybe only a select few, in the beginning, give it away. May 03, Neha rated it it was amazing. I would thoroughly recommend these two poems, if you are mulling over whether or not to pick up this collection.

The Colossus and Other Poems Analysis

And she othee early like they did, though she by her own heavy hand. English Literature and Culture. Her success in the enterprise, both spiritually and aesthetically, demonstrated a talent in need of no special, patriarchal approval. In such classics as “The Beekeeper’s Daughter,” “The Disquieting Muses,” “I Want, Poeme Want,” and “Full Fathom Five,” she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published inSylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force.

She would often p,ath nude for drawing studies on campus and attempted, on several oter, to induce me to do the same. She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca. When I remember the way hearing a recording of Sylvia Plath reading “Daddy” seared my skin, I know Plath’s work is special and that anyone could find a piece that works for them. For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College. Plath will have none of that: Linda’s perspective of life was that life was art.


Lists with This Book. To Plath, even the smallest things in life are worthy of attention.

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Dec 01, K. I had to sit with and mull over and savor these beautiful poems. Plath uses a great deal of metaphor in her poems, but to me it was not always that clear exactly what images she was trying to convey, which affected my ability to enjoy them and ‘read into them’. Correspondence — Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams: This collection i impulse bought because of her reputation as a poet and didnt know it was her first published book of poems.

Sign in to annotate. In three poems in the second half of the book, this idea of death is represented by images of dead animals. This was the first full collection of Plath’s poem that I’d read and I absolutely loved it.

A Marriage, Hughes had a number of reasons for re-arranging what Sylvia Plath had set out. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Her imagery, at times, was fascinating but I found the topics of the poems nature, love, death, etc. In my estimation she offended the very ones who felt obliged to judge and evaluate her. There were times I was bit numbed out by all that dead stuff. The Wound and the Cure of Words.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I fully ascertained the reason why Plath is regarded as one of the best poets. Missing Strophe in The Ghost’s Leavetaking? It’s worse than a barnyard. Overall, the poems I did understand, I reread them several times over Regardless, the writing was beautiful, and I certainly wouldn’t know how to create poignant stories in limited phrases. It would take more than a lightning-stroke To create such a ruin.


They felt really over-worked to me. I don’t mean hard like palustral is hard, as in hard to understand because I’d never before made an acquaintanceship with the word. Despite this, I am left with an overall sense of disappointment with her poetry.

It shows a first-person narrator in the act of laying out her compromised identity systematically, and it abso- lutely insists that the reader identify the author with this narrator. The Poetry of Sylvia Plath. She smiled at the surprised look on my face.

I find Plath’s poetry at times to be beautiful and arresting, but more often than not in this collection I was either bored or bemused. She kept reaching inside of me and I would translate that back to an intellectual endeavor.

In several poems, death is presented as a quiet, neutral place in contrast to the noise and disorder of life. I still hold the mental image of a field of horses slanting away into a visual margin firmly in my mind. Plath may have been swinging at some of her demons without result, but she teaches us that dealing with them sylvis like inviting them for tea.

But there’s also tranquility, poignancy,and, more times than not, a hell of a lot of hu “Prime rib covered in dark chocolate”? She could not persevere, I suspect, with the idea that the world expected her to BE just a woman.

Plath is a writer i knew very little about beforehand but reading her poetry and the brilliant way she puts words together she is the type of poet I prefer.