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Edited with Hull's husband, David Wojahn, this book contains all the poems Hull published in her lifetime, before her untimely death in Each volume—chosen by series editor Mark Doty—is introduced by a poet who brings to the work a passionate admiration. Because Hull has trouble the waters, her poetry makes us truer to ourselves and those around us. Each image is a beam in a persistent searchlight that penetrates. We will miss her greatly.
Few poets of Lynda Hull's generation posses anything like her lyric gift. Share Title. Purchase at:. ISBN Format Paperback. Subject Poetry.
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Pages Jan 13, jack rated it it was amazing. View all 7 comments. Jan 14, Pewterbreath rated it liked it. 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 suicide date is celebrated. Every word she wrote is put Whoo-boy, nobody has given me more trouble than Sylvia Plath.
Every word she wrote is put through the lens of her suicide. Hemingway commited suicide too, but if I recall correctly people celebrate his LIFE and not his death. And don't even get me started on all those who read Plath and practically no other poetry.
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Sounds like I don't like her much, eh? Actually I have no problems with her--just her fans I find irritating. Her work is good, and not about suicide or sad things at all. The best way to read her, IMHO is to pretend you know nothing of the women and get over the obsession with tacking every poem to her biography. Poems are meant to be free. If you want her life story read her diary. View all 16 comments. 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 Besides that, she wrote some pretty dope poetry and was super fresh I apologize for writing in outdated youthful urban slang, but I was bored and thought it might "spice up" these less-than-mediocre reviews.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. I strongly advise you DO NOT stick your head in an oven during this drunken escapade to replicate how the author might have felt before her last seconds on earth expired This could end in truly deadly results or, even worse, a failed attempt to make a joke out of this shameful incident at future family gatherings or while hanging out with friends.
This will only lead to ridicule and the epiphany that close family and friends have not been laughing with you all those years, but at you Finally, I mostly read this book because I was accused of being misogynistic due to the lack of women authors I have read. I hope I have proven to you all that I am not misogynistic and do, in fact, like women. After reading Sylvia Plath a woman , I hope you all think I am not misogynistic anymore However, I still believe women have smaller brains and belong in the kitchen I don't know, after sobering up, her words are a bit clamoured together and read densely.
I am sorry world, but there is not enough booze for me to get through it. I shamefully throw in the towel, its just too dense I guess I really do hate women after all Life is too short to torture yourself and drudge through this Plath taught us that! Super dope quotes: "We mask our past in the green of eden, pretend future's shining fruit can sprout from the navel of this present waste.
View all 5 comments. Feb 23, Glitterbomb rated it it was amazing Shelves: 5-star , owned , reviews , all-time-favorites , owned-pc , poetry. 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!
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I have this incredibly old, earmarked and tattered edition that is full of notes in t I keep coming back to Sylvia Plath whenever I'm trying to make sense of my own troubles. I have this incredibly old, earmarked and tattered edition that is full of notes in the margins, words underlined and phrases highlighted. Scraps of paper with my thoughts tucked between the pages.
Its the only book I have ever taken a pencil to and its incredibly private.
It doesn't live on my bookshelves with the rest of my collection. And its the only book I don't lend out the friends and family.
I'm selfish with it. Each time I pick it up, I flick to a random page, and take it all in again afresh. Each reading means something different to me, or I see something a different way. For how angry, destructive and wrenching these poems are they also set the reader free, and that's why I keep coming back to them. 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 well wrought and also because you know ex My psychiatrist laughed when I said I read Sylvia Plath, "why do all you young women" etc.
And then, once again, it's back to the emotional Plath -- phrases that crush your head both because they are so well wrought and also because you know exactly what she was talking about. I've spent a dozen years reading this book and I've learned that Plath and I may cross over emotionally, but our poetic jaws are not the same. I don't always understand how her construction works. Part of why I keep reading. Having her all together like this, including juvenilia, is a lesson, especially as her life was so short.
I've sought several other complete works since stumbling across this one. 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 these poems. I had such a great time reading this book while I was out relaxing in a cabin in the woods.
I still wish I was there on vacation reading this book of poetry. These poems are just so emotional and honest.
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They speak to me as a woman. There is just something about Sylvia Plath's writing that I connect with at the very core of myself. I'm sure some psychiatrist would have a field day with that, but there it is. View 2 comments. Sep 12, Jen rated it really liked it. I had this exact edition and carried this book with me all the time.
I am not a tree with my root in the soil Sucking up minerals and motherly love So that each March I may gleam into leaf, Nor am I the beauty of a garden bed Attracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted, Unknowing I must soon unpetal.
Compared with me, a tree is immortal I had this exact edition and carried this book with me all the time. Compared with me, a tree is immortal And a flower-head not tall, but more startling, And I want the one's longevity and the other's daring. Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars, The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.