Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

by Harold Bloom
     
 

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Sylvia Plath's short life and intense poetry draw much attention. Her suicide and tumultuous marriage to Ted Hughes as well as his choices in post-humously publishing her work (and not publishing other parts of it) add to the mystery of Plath's life, as does the fact that yet other work of hers was published after his death. Within this volume, critics comment on… See more details below

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Sylvia Plath's short life and intense poetry draw much attention. Her suicide and tumultuous marriage to Ted Hughes as well as his choices in post-humously publishing her work (and not publishing other parts of it) add to the mystery of Plath's life, as does the fact that yet other work of hers was published after his death. Within this volume, critics comment on Plath's life and work, often arguing that her poems do not show a young woman headed toward suicide but instead show a vibrant, intelligent woman in love with life and becoming more at ease with her work.

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School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up-In each of these volumes, five poems are represented in critical essays by literary analysts both past and contemporary. Robert Browning highlights "My Last Duchess," "Fra Lippo Lippi," "Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came," "Andrea del Sarto," and "Caliban Upon Setebos." Sylvia Plath features "The Colossus," "The Arrival of the Bee Box," "Daddy," "Ariel," and "Lady Lazarus." The main texts are prefaced by brief but informative biographies of the poets and conclude with bibliographies of works by and about them as well as indexes of important themes and ideas from the poems. Each volume is divided into sections, one for each poem, and each section begins with Bloom's thematic analysis of the work. This information, given in a straightforward style, will be helpful to students. Because the essays are written by scholars, however, the language is often dense and hard to grasp for all but the most advanced high-school literature students. With their academic approach and language, these research and study guides would be best used in school libraries that support intensive literary research on the precollege or Advanced Placement level.-Toni D. Moore, Simon Kenton High School, Independence, KY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791094310
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Series:
Bloom's Modern Critical Views Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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