The Colossus and Other Poems

The Colossus and Other Poems

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by Sylvia Plath
     
 

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With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the

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With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger for death. Graceful in their craftsmanship, wonderfully original in their imagery, and presenting layer after layer of meaning, the forty poems in The Colossus are early artifacts of genius that still possess the power to move, delight, and shock.

Editorial Reviews

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"[Her poems] have that exquisite, heart-breaking quality about them that has made Sylvia Plath our acknowledged Queen of Sorrows, the spokeswoman for our most private, most helpless nightmares. . . . Her poetry is as deathly as it is impeccable;
it enchants us almost as powerfully as it must have enchanted her." —Joyce Carol Oates,
The New York Times

"Sylvia Plath's eye is sharp . . . and her wits responsive to what she sees." —Richard Howard,Poetry

"...The Colossus, which appeared earlier in England to unusual acclaim [was] her first volume to be published in America. Certainly the praise bestowed on her by British critics is warranted; Sylvia Plath is indeed a rare talent and a consummate craftsman...her powerful poems crackle and smolder with energy."—Guy Owen, Books Abroad

"She steers clear of feminine charm, deliciousness, gentility, supersensitivity and the act of being a poet. She simply writes good poetry."—Al Alvarez, London Observer

William Dickey
"...each passage established a consistent, personal tone of voice, which contributes to the individuality of unity of the poems." - Kenyon Review.
Al Alvarez
"She steers clear of feminine charm, deliciousness, gentility, supersensitivity and the act of being a poet. She simply writes good poetry." --London Observer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375704468
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Vintage International Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
194,902
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.27(d)

Meet the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. She began publishing poems and stories as a teenager and by the time she entered Smith College had won several poetry prizes.
She was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambridge, England, and married British poet Ted Hughes in London in 1956. The young couple moved to the States, where Plath became an instructor at Smith College, and had two children. Later, they moved back to England,
where Plath continued writing poetry and wrote The Bell Jar, which was first published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in England in 1963. On February 11, 1963, Plath committed suicide. The Bell Jar was first published under her own name in the United
States by Harper & Row in 1971, despite the protests of Plath's family. Plath's
Collected Poems, published posthumously in 1981, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Brief Biography

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

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I've veen wanting to read some of Plath's poetry for a while now because I've heard so many good things about her work. I was not dissappointed.
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I think her poems are deep. Sylvia touched her own soul. It is important to fill a 'hollowness'. & She did it wonderfully, painlessly. Sylvia ended her morbid life lovingly. Funny how 'stardom' is always recognized after the persons passing.