Sylvia Plath s famous collection, as she intended it.When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn t the draft Sylvia had wanted her readers to see This facsimile edition restores, for tSylvia Plath s famous collection, as she intended it.When Sylvia Plath died, she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece, Ariel When her husband, Ted Hughes, first brought this collection to life, it garnered worldwide acclaim, though it wasn t the draft Sylvia had wanted her readers to see This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, Plath s original manuscript including handwritten notes and her own selection and arrangement of poems This edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of her poem Ariel, which provide a rare glimpse into the creative process of a beloved writer This publication introduces a truer version of Plath s works, and will no doubt alter her legacy forever.
Ariel The Restored Edition Sylvia Plath s famous collection as she intended it When Sylvia Plath died she not only left behind a prolific life but also her unpublished literary masterpiece Ariel When her husband Ted Hughes
Since about 1980 I have probably read Ariel six times, and once again I step back from it thinking, My God It remains for me the most powerful collection of poetry that I ve ever read However, I should probably scratch that word remains, since my previous readings had me in awe of numerous poems within the collection But with this new edition, I am reading for the first time, Plath s arrangement, which jacks things up considerably How could that be possible I have no side in the Hughes Plath war [...]
I have always meant to read a book about the life of Sylvia Plath and to learn about the whole Ted Hughes adventure but something there is that doesn t love that kind of voyeurism and to date I have avoided it There is a sense, however, where I think Plath s poetry is so intensely personal that it would make sense to read it knowing of the story of the American poet who killed herself on the bleak winter s day in the year in which I was born.This reinstatement of Plath s Ariel has a foreword by [...]
Final rating 3.5 starsLast May I went on a cruise to Alaska with my parents, brother, and grandfather The book I was reading at the time was crap Fortunately for me, there was this freaking cool library on the ship.I m going to go off on bit of a tangent here, but I think it s kinda lame how a cruise ship has a library and the island I live on hasn t had one since I was eight.Anyway, moving away from my general bitterness, let s go back the library So I picked up this cool book called The Bell J [...]
view spoiler First reviewEvery time I don t love some book that other people love, I feel bad Or stupid because I didn t understand it Or a heartless gal because apparently I don t have a soul and that must be the reason why I m not jumping up and down after reading it I ve always been interested in Plath s life, such an intense and tragic life I read a bit about it and it seems like it s all there in her poetry Her intimate, unsettling, honest poetry.So, I really liked a couple of poems and the [...]
I thought her book, The Bell Jar, was much better than any of these poems I almost wish she had been of a novelist than a poet Oh well Either way, maybe two of these poems stuck out to me in a good way but then the rest were very strange and random Honestly, I didn t connect to her poems the way I did with her novel, so that was a bummer.Overall, they re definitely poems to check out if you have time But don t be expecting Emily Dickinson or anything like that, because you ll be disappointed.
Maybe when I first read Ariel, the originally published, Ted Hughes edition of the poems, I was too young to appreciate Plath s stunning vision however, I m inclined to think that her own layout of her swansong collection was the decisive factor in my recent reading of the work, which blew me away So much substance the words dark matter come to mind from a poet so young, it s rare, it s humbling Being Greek, I can only think of Karyotakis s last collection, though Plath is a clearly seperate cas [...]
There are two adjectives commonly applied to this book by people who haven t read it it is often said to be a feminist book, and a depressing one I think these two not quite accurate labels arise so frequently because Sylvia Plath is, unfortunately, better known to the general public for being female and psychologically troubled than for being an accomplished poet.This is not an agenda driven book, it is not a book aimed at only a select audience, and it is, above all, not a depressing book Arie [...]
2017 reread I studied this book in my junior year in high school for a Dual Enrollment English class That was in 2014 I ve been reading it again over this year in bits and pieces without actually adding it here So here we go I loved studying Sylvia Plath and I have a great appreciation for her work.
I gave it my all, but Plath s masterpiece just isn t for me And, like Plath s poetry, it s a personal problem The poems in Ariel are too obscure, too heady, too veiled no one could ever accuse Plath of being too conscious of her audience A woman always thinks she ll see her own pain in the words of another The idea of Sylvia Plath is a perversely nice one to mull over, to play I saw it coming, to diminish her entire life to those few hours in her kitchen Frieda Hughes insightful forward addresse [...]
The poems in this collection are seething and uncompromising Plath s use of color fascinates me, and reading these sparkling, corrosive poems aloud makes your tongue and ear dance But being completely honest, I found a lot of them impenetrable without research I just had absolutely no idea what was going on, and so couldn t remember most of them after I d turned the page with some notable exceptions like Lady Lazarus I m left with a lot of internal questions about the place of biography, intenti [...]
I don t begin to pretend I understood all of these poems, or all of any one of them But I love theme sounds, the images The fierceness often takes my breath away Her images of the ordinary life of a mother contrasts with the violence, the hooks, the hisses, the shrieks, the worms More than this, tho, THIS edition has restored Plath s original plan for her collection Her suicide meant Ted Hughes controlled the editorial decisions for publication and he did not follow her wishes Another reason thi [...]
If all poetry strives to defy expectations, Plath certainly is the nemesis of clich s The readers of her work incessantly find themselves in breathless astonishment because of the explosive language, the surprising imageries, and the immense honesty with which she unveils her personal events and emotions though I cannot stress enough the importance of not letting what you might have already heard about her life constrain your interpretation of her poems This collection shows Plath at her best, a [...]
I ve been having trouble organizing my thoughts and reactions to Plath, so here s a list in no particular order of some things that I wondered while reading Ariel To all you Plathers please understand that I respect Plath as a poet, that my rating reflects my limited perception of her work, and that I m well aware of the subjectivity of taste However1 What exactly is so great about Sylvia Plath I don t mean that sarcastically, I mean what are Sylvia Plath s literary innovations, her credentials [...]
Love it Sylvia s poetry just speaks to me
I can hardly contain in words my adoration of this book Plath brought me to poetry both the reading and the writing of it, so I will always carry that debt to her I have to say up front that I m rather weary of hearing how dark and melodramatic this collection is there s a pathologization of Plath and her readers that seems almost presupposed in any discussion of her work It s an easy way to make dismissals but I think far fewer people realize what an incredibly precise, metaphorically skilled, [...]
Plath did some nice stuff with words But she was a bit of a drama queen It was pretty nifty to see her original manuscript and get her daughter s perspective on both it and her drama queen ness and a defense of the husband who re arranged the original manuscript.So overall interesting insight into Plath and Plath family drama And many of the poems are clever and interesting and carefully constructed to sound and look a particular Plath y way But reading the whole book of poetry inspired some eye [...]
I laughed at comment, Date I finished this book, as I am never finished with it Ariel and Ariel The Restored Edition mean so much to me that I have devoted the last eight years to studying it, as I discovered its correlation to tarot and the Qabalah It became Fixed Stars Govern a Life Decoding Sylvia Plath 2015, Stephen F Austin State U Press You can read the introduction and first chapter here academia 10659711 Exc or, visit fixedstarsgovernalife for information.
Ariel what we lost when we lost Sylvia Plath That ferocity She wrote these poems in a frenzy of creativity, a firestorm of the need to be understood, the need to explicate personal truth, here about the horror of existence which can be a stronger urge than the urge to live Ariel is not only the spirit in The Tempest, but a horse who ran away with her What is that plunging power that is beyond her control Beautiful, chilling, unarguable.
I m not a big fan of reading poetry but I find Sylvia Plath endlessly fascinating so I picked this up I was surprised to find that I found reading it incredibly enjoyable I intend to purchase it for my own collection because these are poems that make you want to read them again and again It has even inspired me to branch out into reading work from other poets as well.
msarki.tumblr post 152019In this Restored Edition of Sylvia Plath s most famous work there is a foreword by her daughter Frieda Hughes that kindly takes the view that her father was not at all that bad, but that her mother s poems in their original order and verse were somewhat better Having not read the original Ariel, I am not one to compare, but it makes complete sense to me, and something that should have been done long ago The idea that Ted Hughes edited and arranged the original Ariel is f [...]
Tuesday was World Poetry Day and in its honour I took out one of my favourite collections of poetry Ariel by Sylvia Plath Dying is an art, like everything else I do it exceptionally well.The poems in this collection are largely dominated by the themes of sadness, suicide and death, which doesn t make for happy reading by any means, but I am always blown away by the sheer power and haunting nature of Plath s words With poetry being one of the if not the most personal forms of expression, we can r [...]
What can be said of the boundless, endless, spacious kind of universe that Sylvia leaves us breadcrumbs to Her soaring, biting language, immersed with redness of either tulips, a sunrise, or flames, or hair.Ariel represents power that emerges through mythology, history, implicitly through a woman that wrote every morning during the later cold months of 1962, and through any female today that is looking for a deeper look into her own consciousness I marvel at the possible ideas and influences th [...]
You say I should drown my girl.She ll cut her throat at ten if she s mad at two Lesbos I do not want much of a present, anyway, this year.After all, I am alive only by accident A Birthday Present I could not run without having to run forever The Bee MeetingHaving only read The Bell Jar years ago, this was my first experience with Plath s poetry, and I loved it A lot of it I found very cryptic, but all these great lines would cut through the fog and jump out at me periodically The version I read [...]
Unforgettably beautiful Each poem is rich with imagery, emotion, passion, movement, texture Sylvia Plath has smeared her depression, jealousy, rage, desire into this frenzy of words It is amazing to me that mere words, letters slapped together, can make someone feel this way the someone writing it and the someone reading it I can admit that I knew very little about Plath before I approached this collection, but Ariel has made me hungry for , , This is one artist who will have a continuous impac [...]
Plath, unfairly, carries an association with weepy undergraduates romanticizing her suicide And it s true, that the way Plath died often overshadows her poetry These poems, the last ones, especially reflect a growing madness But these aren t the ravings of a melodramatic basket case The poetry is strong and terrifying no feminine floweriness, but bald, strange thoughts Take I rise with my red hair and I eat men like air in Lady Lazarus, or the strange address to her newborn Love set you going li [...]
you know what i hate about every depiction of sylvia plath not just gwyneth paltrow s saddy face performance but every time anyone portrays her in any medium ever she s always so fucking doomed and i just don t buy it at all this book is desperate and raw and bloody and tinged by death, but it is also ravenously and absolutely alive i read it as a declaration, as evidence of a terrible struggle to survive not a suicide note beware, beware out of the ash i rise with my red hair and i eat men like [...]
I never read the original version, so I m not sure what the differences are from the Ted Hughes published version, but the restoration and intro by their daughter was definitely what drew me to this collection in particular Lovely poems, many of them sad both on their own and in the light of the sadness of her life yet some surprisingly bits of ecstasy of the beauty of individual moment The whole collection flows and hangs together really well and was a cohesive and compelling reading experience [...]
For me this collection is stunningly wonderful, brilliant beautifully sad I appreciate the forward from Frieda Hughes She writes about her mother and her poetry She used every emotional experience as if it were a scrap of material that could be pieced together to make a wonderful dress she wasted nothing of what she felt, and when in control of those tumultuous feelings she was able to focus and direct her incredible poetic energy to great effect.
I m fascinated with Sylvia, with her work, her life and death I may not understand every single poem she wrote, but they all leave me with the feeling of deeper meaning.She is brutally sincere and unafraid of showing her emotions Her fierceness is breathtaking.For me, this restored collection is absolutely brilliant and in a way, beautifully sad.My favourites are ,,The Applicant ,Elm ,The Night Dances and of course, one and only ,,Lady Lazarus.