The Collected Poems by Sylvia Plath

The Collected Poems

"By the time of her death, on 11 February, 1963, Sylvia Plath had written a large bulk of poetry. To my knowledge, she never scrapped any of her poetic efforts. With one or two exceptions, she brought every piece she worked on to some final form acceptable to her, rejecting at most the odd verse, or a false head or a false tail. Her attitude to her verse was artisan-like: if she couldn't get a table out of the material, she was quite happy to get...


Details The Collected Poems

TitleThe Collected Poems
ISBN9780061558894
Author
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherHarper Perennial Modern Classics
LanguageEnglish
GenrePoetry, Classics, Fiction
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Reviews The Collected Poems

  • Vanessa
    1970-01-01
    “Out of the ashI rise with my red hairand I eat men like air.”
  • jack
    1970-01-01
    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 note...
  • Pewterbreath
    1970-01-01
    Whoo-boy, nobody has given me more 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 suici...
  • Jon
    1970-01-01
    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 (I apologize for writing in outdated youthful urban slang, but I was bored and thought it might "spice up" these less-than-mediocre reviews.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 ext...
  • Glitterbomb
    1970-01-01
    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 screams "I'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 ta...
  • Esther
    1970-01-01
    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 work...And then, once again, it's back to the emotional Plath -- phrases that crush your head both because they are so wel...
  • Angel Erin
    1970-01-01
    http://angelerin.blogspot.com/2016/03...I really enjoyed reading Sylvia Plath's poetry. Ever since I read The Bell Jar (and then googled Sylvia and learned more 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 the...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    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 ...
  • Vanessa
    1970-01-01
    So it turns out "The Collected Poems" means literally everything Sylvia Plath EVER wrote. It's arranged more or less chronologically, and when I was about halfway through the book I was all set to only give it three stars. At 2/3 of the way through, it had gone up to four stars, and by the last 20-30 pages there was no way it was getting anything less than five. Although her earlier poems aren't to my particular taste, and you can tell her comman...
  • Jeremy Allan
    1970-01-01
    First: my rating applies to the edition, not the poetry.After hacking away at this collected poems for the better part of six months, I'm not sure I have any interest in rating the poems. I think, in part, this is due to a certain experience I had in reading, as if this were a history book or a chronicle rather than a work of literature. Of course, while that reveals something (unsavory?) of my predisposition as a reader, I think it at leaves giv...
  • Myles
    1970-01-01
    I know--I'm a cretin. As much as I love some of these poems, as a whole, this book is exhausting. I firmly believe that Sylvia Plath was a great artist, in prose as well as poetry. The Bell Jar is one of my favorite novels. Nor do I think that her personality or the legend of her life overpowers her work. What personality could dim the power of "Conversation Among the Ruins", "The Colossus" or "Lady Lazarus"? They are some of her most well-known ...
  • GirlOfTheCrowd
    1970-01-01
    I've taught this collection at A Level and it was a challenging yet enlightening experience. Plath's imagistic, brutal poems are beautiful yet cutting. Our appreciation of her work is certainly heightened by a knowledge of relevant biographical information (her father's death and the effect it had upon her; her marriage to Ted; her psychological and emotional state; her suicide attempts etc) but these poems are engaging literary gems in themselve...
  • Sekaquaptewa
    1970-01-01
    I have never really liked poetry, so I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book when I first started it, but after reading this collection my feelings have really changed. Sylvia Plath is a very powerful poet, who can turn an ordinary experience into a thunderstorm of emotions. For example, in her poem "Cut" she writes about cutting her thumb while cooking. While this sounds mundane, her choice of words and tempo make a hauntingly beautiful p...
  • Jason Lilly
    1970-01-01
    It would be an understatement to say that I fell in love with Sylvia Plath. The Bell Jar sank my heart, broke it in two, and revived it again. Her choice of words, even in prose, dance through your mind and are hard to forget.This is especially true, though, of her poetry. Each poem has a beautiful life of its own, but together as an anthology, the poems show Plath's true heart, fickle, angry, passionate, uninhibited. From the more disturbing poe...
  • Eli Phillips
    1970-01-01
    i'm not into poetry, but i love plath. i was hooked first on her recording of The Thin Peopleshe's grim, she's angry, she's mad. i love her brutal emotion. and her use of alliteration is unrivaled. yummy. i'd like to die wrapped in her words, like a spider's snack, woven and suffocated in them :)
  • Eileen
    1970-01-01
    These are beautiful, honest, wrenching poems. They show us life through the lens of a brilliant mind, struggling “to keep reality at bay” and to overcome her inner demons. They are all haunting, but my thoughts keep coming back to two in particular. In CHILD, Sylvia Plath tells her baby how she would love for his beautiful eyes to reflect only wonderful things rather than the anxious, troubled spirit she has become. In MIRROR, she personifies...
  • Grace
    1970-01-01
    I think this collection may be even more essential than Ariel, though Ariel is more of a landmark. This book is literally therapy for me. I don't care if Plath is a cliche; she was a genius and you can experience it through this work.
  • nicole
    1970-01-01
    When I first tackled this in 2009, I just... didn't get it. If you feel the same, especially if you love the Bell Jar as I do, come back to it. It's worth it.
  • Galih Khumaeni
    1970-01-01
    Here's my favorite poem from this book:The night is only a sort of carbon paper,Blueblack, with the much-poked periods of starsLetting in the light, peephole after peephole —A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things.Under the eyes of the stars and the moon’s rictusHe suffers his desert pillow, sleeplessnessStretching its fine, irritating sand in all directions.Over and over the old, granular movieExposes embarrassments–the mizzling d...
  • Robby
    1970-01-01
    I am fascinated by insanity, instability, depression. People who fall into that hole and never get out, who resurface only to fall right back in. I am fascinated by their stories, how they got there, how things end, and how they get there. Sylvia Plath’s poetry is about all of these things, but also about everything else, and I have always been fascinated by this woman who has been dead for almost 50 years. She is notorious for many things, her...
  • Leah
    1970-01-01
    When I started reading this book a little and kinda hard journey began for me. Here's why: 1. I have never read a poetry collection before, just a few poems standing alone. So I wasn't really used to reading that much poetry on a day.2. I read the English version because I wanted to read the poet's original words. This resulted in a lot of vocabulary problems and me, questioning my English skills, and if I learned anything at all in school. But a...
  • Mme. Bookling ~
    1970-01-01
    Yes please. This is a fabulous collection of all MzPlath's work. Lady Lazurus is my favorite by far. Shall I list it here? Well, ok.Lady Lazarus I have done it again. One year in every ten I manage it----- A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright as a Nazi lampshade, My right foot A paperweight, My featureless, fine Jew linen. Peel off the napkin O my enemy. Do I terrify?------- The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth? The sour breath Will...
  • HM
    1970-01-01
    Daddy and The Applicant are among my favorite poems. اشعار پلات را سعید سعید پور در کتابی دو زبانه تحت عنوان در کسوت ماه -انتشارات مروارید- و همچنین ضیاء موحد به فارسی -مجله ارغنون ویژه شعر- ترجمه و منتشر کرده اند. سیلویا پلات چندی قبل از خودکشی این شعر را سروده است این زن کا...
  • Patrick
    1970-01-01
    Colossus: This is pretty goth. Many of the poems are at least partly about nature/the outdoors, but often have a sinister/melancholy vibe/aura, depending on how you feel/who you are. Faves: Spinster, Black Rook, Hardcastle Crag, Disquieting Muses, Ghost's Leavetaking, Lorelei, Green Rock Winthrop Bay, The Bull of Bendylaw, The Eye Mote (last stanza), Poem for a Birthday.Crossing the Water: Couple love poems in this one? Faves: Stillborn, Two Camp...
  • Jonathan
    1970-01-01
    Sylvia Plath has long been one of my favorite poets and I am glad I finally got her collected works. I read a handful of these in college, "Daddy" and "Metaphors," but those did not really give me a feel for Plath as an artist. My respect for her has grown even more. She is more complex than I have previously thought. Many of the poems I do not understand and look forward to learning more about interpreting them when I start grad school. But the ...
  • Mai Mostafa
    1970-01-01
    I don't even know, man. There were days when I could not sleep without reading her poetry. I'd like to think, though, that Sylvia would not be very happy with Ted's publishing of all of her poems, since some did not seem good enough for her. Her poetry is heavy with tough vocab and complex forms that sometimes I'd stop and think "What the hell is this poem about?" And don't get me started on how she inspired me to write more poems. That woman's l...
  • Chetley
    1970-01-01
    3.5 stars would be a better rating, but three stars is unjustifiable. Due to personal allegiances and taste, placing Plath at 5 stars and thererby even with Robert Desnos is impossible for me. With that said, Plath is a master. Her use of imagination, original images, perfectly fitted metaphor, persona, and, especially tone is powerful. Emotion is her thing. It seeps out of her poetry, but never alienates the reader, instead, her pain engages the...
  • Naseeba Deeqa Mohamed
    1970-01-01
    فتشت كثيرا علي هذا الكتاب ... اعتقد انه يجمع جميع اشعار سيلفيا بلاث او اغلبها، رغم ان القراءة لسيلفيا بلاث تتركني في حالة نفسية سيئة ولكنها تستحق المخاطرة ... ضعت ووجدت نفسي الاف المرات اثناء قراءتي هذا الكتاب .... دخلت في دوامات نور وظلام لا نهائية .... ...
  • aleksi
    1970-01-01
    "Dying Is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call."Favourites:- Tulips- Elm- Ariel- Lady Lazarus- Edge(didn't quite like the juvenilia section, but Plath is brilliant and her writing feels like starvation)
  • Saru (Queen of Bookland)
    1970-01-01
    this took me way too long to read, but it was absolutely beautiful.