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As if these physical privations weren't enough, Plath was out in the cold in another sense--her husband, Ted Hughes, had left her for another woman earlier that year. Despite all this (or perhaps because of it), the Ariel poems dazzle with their lyricism, their surprising and vivid imagery, and their wit. Rather than confining herself to her bleak surroundings, Plath draws from a wide array of experience. In "Berck-Plage," for instance, clouds are "electrifyingly-coloured sherbets, scooped from the freeze." In "The Night Dances," the poet stands crib-side, reveling in her son's own brand of do-si-do: "Such pure leaps and spirals--Surely they travel / The world forever, I shall not entirely / Sit emptied of beauties, the gift / Of your small breath..."
Though at times they present the reader with hopelessness laid bare, these poems also teem with the brightest shards of a life, confounding those who merely look for the words of a gloomy, dispassionate suicide. Plath rose each morning in the final months of her life to "that still blue, almost eternal hour before the baby's cry" and left us these words like "axes/After whose stroke the wood rings..." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I love Sylvia Plath's poetry (and The Bell Jar), so this just adds to my collection.Published 12 days ago by K. Shanabarger
At different times terrifying, haunting, exhilarating, sombre, and endearing, but always beautiful and intently crafted.Published 21 days ago by Austin
Just got it,and this edition is just plain amazing,almost finish with it,you can really feel Sylvia's pain in all of her poems,I'm so glad I bought this edition,really worth it:)Published 6 months ago by verdosaa
I was so curious about this version, and I'm glad I followed that curiosity. The variations from Ted's version is pretty apparent. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This collection, and Plath in general I think, get both unfairly burdened and paradoxically minimized.
So many readers want Plath to mean and to be so many things. Read more
This is an amazing book. I'm very glad Ms. Hughes (Frieda Hughes) did this, because what Ted Hughes did was not what Sylvia Plath wanted at all, or else the manuscript would have... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jean L. Coltrain