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Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and Collected Poems, which won the Pulitzer Prize. A complete and uncut facsimile edition of Ariel was published in 2004 with her original selection and arrangement of poems. She was married to the poet Ted Hughes, with whom she had a daughter, Frieda, and a son, Nicholas. She died in London in 1963.

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The Collected Poems


By Sylvia Plath

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2008 Sylvia Plath
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061558894

1956

Conversation Among the Ruins

Through portico of my elegant house you stalk
With your wild furies, disturbing garlands of fruit
And the fabulous lutes and peacocks, rending the net
Of all decorum which holds the whirlwind back.
Now, rich order of walls is fallen; rooks croak
Above the appalling ruin; in bleak light
Of your stormy eye, magic takes flight
Like a daunted witch, quitting castle when real days break

Fractured pillars frame prospects of rock;
While you stand heroic in coat and tie, I sit
Composed in Grecian tunic and psyche-knot,
Rooted to your black look, the play turned tragic:
With such blight wrought on our bankrupt estate,
What ceremony of words can patch the havoc?



Winter Landscape, with Rooks

Water in the millrace, through a sluice of stone,
plunges headlong into that black pond
where, absurd and out-of-season, a single swan
floats chaste as snow, taunting the clouded mind
which hungers to haul the white reflection down.

The austere sun descends above the fen,
an orange cyclops-eye, scorning to look
longer on this landscape of chagrin;
feathered dark in thought, I stalk like a rook,
brooding as the winter night comes on.

Last summer's reeds are all engraved in ice
as is your image in my eye; dry frost
glazes the window of my hurt; what solace
can be struck from rock to make heart's waste
grow green again? Who'd walk in this bleak place?



Continues...

Excerpted from The Collected Poemsby Sylvia Plath Copyright © 2008 by Sylvia Plath. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (March 6, 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0061558893
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0061558894
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ NP
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.12 x 0.96 x 9.25 inches
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1.0 out of 5 stars yall might as well have spit on her grave
By katherine vox on July 29, 2020
ALL MY 💜 TO SYLVIA, ANGEL DEAREST, YOU DESERVED BETTER, YOU HAVE ALL OF MY INNER STARS FOREVER

as for what i recieved in the mail...
this one star feels like too much for the grossest book i have ever laid my hands on lol
visible dirt all over the front and back covers. plus there was something sticky and lord help me i f****ing GAG at sticky shiiiiz, man, disgusting.
THERE WAS EVEN A CHUNK OF DIRTY TAPE??? WHY??? 🤮
stained paper, dents, tears at the seams. im almost afraid to move it around too much because it feels like a s i n g l e thread is all that is keeping this whole thing from falling out of the binding. by the looks of it, that's likely the case.

the only reason, i repeat THE ONLY REASON, i am not returning this is because i could not live with myself knowing i would be sending it back to whatever shed it came out of.

sylvia deserves better and i do too smh im nursing this back into shape with a few tricks up my sleeve and some connections that specialize in restoring damaged books.

lowkey makes me feel like i've just spared an orphan child from a life of chimney sweeping
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