- Audio Cassette: 64 pages
- Publisher: Random House Audio (April 6, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375405992
- ISBN-13: 978-0375405990
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,356,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Voice of the Poet Audio, Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Before committing suicide in 1963 at the age of 31, Sylvia Plath wrote a bounty of work, including the final eight poems included in this self-read collection--described by Robert Lowell as her "appalling and triumphant fulfillment." This later work, as well as 13 additional recordings gathered here from Plath's short but significant career, are certainly triumphant: her prose is precise, scathing, utterly original, and mature beyond her years. Fortunately for listeners, Plath's voice mirrors her writing. She delivers "Lady Lazarus"--a piece about suicide, self-loathing, and her hatred for men--with a dagger-like cadence and clear, confident pitch. She describes a suicide attempt:
It's easy enough to do it in a cell.Drawn from two separate recordings--one while accompanied by her husband, the poet Ted Hughes, in 1958, and one conducted shortly after their separation in 1962, The Voice of the Poet includes a companion book containing the text of each poem, as well as an introduction by editor J.D. McClatchy. Listen to Plath read "Lorelei." Visit our audio help page for more information. (Running time: 1 hour, 1 cassette) --Rob McDonald
It's easy enough to do it and stay put.
It's the theatrical
Comeback in broad day
To the same place, the same face, the same brute
From Publishers Weekly
This is part of a handsomely packaged new series, in which archival recordings of noted poets reading from their works are paired with accompanying text volumes. The poems are published for cross-reference, along with historical photographs and introductory biographical essays by J.D. McClatchy, editor of The Yale Review. (Other poets included in the launch are W.H. Auden and James Merrill.) The Boston-born Plath (1932-1963) reads her works in an incisive and forthright manner, carefully enunciating her words to give a strong sense of structured internal rhythms. Largely written while married to the British poet Ted Hughes in the years just before her suicide, these works dwellAprescientlyAon themes of marriage and death. In "November Graveyard," she speaks of "...the bare room, the blank, untenanted air." Read aloud, the rawness of Plath's vision comes across especially immediate and acute. Of interest to scholars and general-audience Plath fans alike. (June)
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Anne Sexton's voice is gorgeous, and her poetry makes so much sense when read by the woman herself. Buy this recording.
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