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Colossus & Other Poems

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ISBN13: 9780375704468
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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.

Synopsis:

Originally published in 1960 and now available in a trade paperback edition for the first time, Sylvia Plath's initial book of poems burst into the world with the spectacular force and compression of a geyser.

Plath writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, 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.

Synopsis:

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.

About 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.

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liquid_gaze, October 20, 2009 (view all comments by liquid_gaze)
The Colossus was the first poetry book by Plath that I had read (I started reading Plath's journals before anything else), and her poetry is not the kind of poetry that one can just read through in a day - it takes time to decipher many of her metaphors, similes and strung together words - but in the end, it is very worth it. From a psychological standpoint, it's interesting to see the hidden comments on the death of her father (as in "The Colossus" and "The Beekeeper's Daughter"), the high expectations of her mother (as in "The Disquieting Muses") and memories of her grandmother and her home ("Point Shirley"). The Colossus is observational and insightful, pointing out all the things that polite society wouldn't see fit to discuss: death, suicide, and prostitution, to name a few. The Colossus is bold, descriptive, and shows the breakthrough of Plath's writing psychologically. Seeming to keep a distant, dark tone, Plath delivers a cold, clear and unrestrained view of the beauty, ugliness, death, and life around her.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375704468
Author:
Plath, Sylvia
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
PLATH, SYLVIA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
19980531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.01x5.23x.37 in. .26 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Originally published in 1960 and now available in a trade paperback edition for the first time, Sylvia Plath's initial book of poems burst into the world with the spectacular force and compression of a geyser.

Plath writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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