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Help, I think I've got seasickness!

Advantages: It's funny...
Disadvantages: No good if you don't "do" funny...

Andrew Motion is Poet Laureate, which means he is obligated to write reverential poetry about the Queen on demand and generally fawn and prostrate his poetic muscles before her: as she sees fit. He does seem like a nice bloke though. Luckily for us th ...

Kirsty1 23.07.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Neither is the Horse and Other Poems - Rory Motion

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

Real plath

Advantages: pathos, dark work of some considerable magnitude
Disadvantages: its painful

Ariel Ariel Lady lazarus and others combine to make this spellbinding work painful to the human psyche with its discusion of pathos and suffering. Plath is sadly dead, but the strength of her work continues to inspire,.. Read this. Weep. Read ...

PaulVerrico 28.05.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath