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Community Level 2princess_lu


A cloak of darkness underneath the myth

AdvantagesBeautiful, an insight into a troubled mind

DisadvantagesNot easy reading, overflowing with bitterness and pain

"...so compelling. My favourite poem in Ariel has to be 'Lady Lazarus'. It tells the story of a women who goes repeatedly through the agony of being reborn every time she kills herself. It is this blunt admission of Plath's desire to die that makes this poem so real and so harrowing. 'It's the theatrical Comeback in broad day To the same place, the same face, the same brute Amused shout.' She is bored with life, she is bored with not being ..." Read review

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Community Level 1joolzroolz


Subjective reality

AdvantagesDeep, colourful work

DisadvantagesCan be hard 'to get into'

"... Quite a few of the Ariel poems can be associated with death and dying or depressive behaviour (Lady Lazarus being the most famous example of this), 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. which makes Plath's poetry ( especially Ariel) very popular 'depression culture' reading. Not that's it's all doom and gloom - ..." Read review

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Community Level 1Kickboxer22


'Ariel' by Sylvia Plath

AdvantagesEasy to read

Disadvantagestoo 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 meanings of 'morning' and 'mourning'. Describing a mother's feelings after birth, Plath describes her as 'cow heavy' using the image of the lactating mother and effortlessly transferring it to the accurate ..." Read review

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Community Level 1PaulVerrico


Real plath

Advantagespathos, dark work of some considerable magnitude

Disadvantagesits 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 this. Smile. Such is the emotion of the greatest poet of the 20th century All that I can suggest is you read Lady Lazarus.. 'the tulips are too red, they bleed' Feel the rawness of a tortured ..." Read review

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Community Level 4Alican


Tough, But Worth It!

AdvantagesVery deep and meaningful

DisadvantagesTakes a lot of effort

"When I first picked up this book in the shop, I thought to myself, 'Ah, some nice relaxing poetry', but once I got it home I realised this wasn't the case! As a keen poet myself, this book has been very useful, it is very inspiring and the quality of the poetry is absolutely fantastic! It does, however, require a lot of hard work on the part of the reader. I had to read each poem several times before discovering the true meaning of it, but they are ..." Read review

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