April 19, 2005

Sylvia Plath

I saw the film "Sylvia" a few weeks ago, and loved it, and was instantly intrigued by her character, and wanted to read some poetry. So, for my pseudo-birthday, Mum gave me a collection of her poems, and I have to say I'm really enjoying them. Is enjoying the right word? Hmmm, not sure. They're fascinating, enticing, sink-able-in. Does that make sense?!
My favourites at the moment are "Daddy", and "Poppies in October". I find her images and her use of language so powerful, so magical and evocative. I think the fact that she leaves so many puzzles in her writing, that makes me love it so much, the way she never answers questions. Many of her poems are, I admit, depressing and fairly self-centered, but for me, who knows relatively little about her, I like that.
I've heard it said that you can't like both Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes, it's one or the other. Well, I'm going to try that theory out, and will be reading some of Hughe's work once I'm done with the wonderful Ms. Plath…

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  1. Hehe you could be right… I would say don't bother with Hughes!! He is dull-as!

    19 Apr 2005, 18:26

  2. "Daddy" is fantastic. Have you tried "Lady Lazarus"?

    19 Apr 2005, 20:58


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