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True craftmanship

Advantages: Unusual descriptions and a brilliant example of great poetry.
Disadvantages: The collection cannot be read as a whole, but might be most enjoyable when one 'dips into' it.

Having enjoyed reading a selection of Ted Hughes’s work, I learnt that much of his inspiration derived from his marriage with Sylvia Plath. Curiosity killed the cat, I decided to buy this collection of poems by Plath and had a good read of it. In comparis ...

honest_reviewer1 05.06.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Collected Poems - Sylvia Plath

Compared with me, a tree is immortal

Advantages: Remarkable poems
Disadvantages: None

...Author: Sylvia Plath Genre: Poetry Title: Crossing the Water Pages: vi + 56 Copyright © 1971 by Ted Hughes ISBN: 0-06-013374-0 pbk. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 71-138758 I bought this book from Amazon US in June 2006. The price was ...

cs.hari 12.11.2007 · Read full review
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Review of Crossing the Water - Sylvia Plath

A cloak of darkness underneath the myth

Advantages: Beautiful, an insight into a troubled mind
Disadvantages: Not easy reading, overflowing with bitterness and pain

Sylvia Plath gets a bad time of it from most people. She's often seen as having written the most depressing novel ever in the form of 'The Bell Jar', and as the catalyst for many teenager's suicidal angst. However, the woman was ill, and she was marr ...

princess_lu 12.02.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath

Subjective reality

Advantages: Deep, colourful work
Disadvantages: Can be hard 'to get into'

Sylvia Plath is too often passed off as 'that crazy woman who wrote poems about dying and stuck her head in an oven'. Her 'Ariel' poems are the last she wrote before she died and acclaimed as her most brilliant works. There are not that many poems in ...

joolzroolz 24.06.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath

'Ariel' by Sylvia Plath

Advantages: Easy to read
Disadvantages: too thoughtful and melancholy for some

I really enjoyed reading this collection of poetry. Plath has a graphic imagination evident in poems such as 'Cut' and her imagery is at times explicit but so apt. 'Morning song' is yet another beautiful poem. The title plays upon the two seperate meanin ...

Kickboxer22 30.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath