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Collected Poems (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Collected Poems (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Sylvia Plath

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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?

Meet the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. Her books include the poetry collections The Colossus, Crossing the Water, Winter Trees, Ariel, and The 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.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 27, 1932
Date of Death:
February 11, 1963
Place of Birth:
Boston, Massachusetts
Place of Death:
London, England
B.A., Smith College, 1955; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University

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The Collected Poems 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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I enjoyed reading this book. I went to a book discussion on the bell jar last week. Very intense writing.
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Sara-Chantel More than 1 year ago
I will admit upfront that I am not a poetry person. I have respect for it, yes, but I am unable to write and read it is as much as I enjoy to write and read prose. I found Sylvia Plath's poetry after reading The Bell Jar. I was absolutely in love with The Bell Jar and immediately searched for more writings and I stumbled upon Plath's poetry. After reading this book I have a new respect and liking for poetry. I love Plath's dark style and concepts, and I was impressed with her use of imagery and her sentence structure. Out of the book, "Lady Lazarus" was my favorite. It is such a beautiful poem. There is so much behind it and so much represented in her words that it is really impressive. It is poems like "Lady Lazarus" and "Daddy" that make me want to read more poetry.
Caylin.D More than 1 year ago
A deeply felt collection of poems by Sylvia Plath. You can start to grasp the inner workings of Plath's dark mind through her poems. Written from the late 50s up untill a few days before her death by suicide. By far the best collection of poems ive read. She helps you figure out yourself through her flaws and tragities by far the best poet and novelist ive ever read she's my very favorite.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Sylvia Plath's beautiful collection of poetry has proved itself to be one of the most enjoyed books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Her deep and moving poems awakened my emotions and opened a window to inspiration. Reading this book is a MUST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
there isn't much i can say about sylvia plath that hasn't already been said. this is a wonderful collection of poems by one of the greatest contemporary female poets. the later works are her best (1962-3), and it was nice to have seen some of her juvenalia. a must for a poetry lover
skaspid More than 1 year ago
When I began reading poetry, I brought a bias with me: I hated free verse. I didn't see the point to it, and couldn't understand why a person would write a poem without a fixed structure. And though I now enjoy free verse very much, I continued to hate it for years. But during this time, I read Sylvia Plath, and during my free verse-hating period, she was the only free verse poet I liked (and was proud to announce). There's something unique to Plath's poetry that no other poet, free verse or fixed (not even Sexton), can match. This voice, with it's rich imagery, sounds, and tone, draws it's reader (or listener) in immediately and doesn't let go. It's a painful voice, a voice filled with tragedy; but it's also powerful, and controlled. This collection, containing all of Plath's poetry, including those written in juvenilia, is a perfect representation of that voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Sylvia Plath.Her poetry seems like well written suicide notes.Though Ive been there myself I don't see why anyone sane would want to read her.The only poem of hers I like is 'Daddy' and that should be followed by a reading of Tender is the Night