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Picture of Sylvia Plath, with Ted Hughes; poet; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Sylvia Plath   (1932 - 1963)
Category:  American Literature
Born:  October 27, 1932
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died:  February 11, 1963
London, England
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Sylvia Plath - LIFE STORIES
2/26/1956     Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
On this day in 1956 Sylvia Plath described in her journal her first meeting with Ted Hughes: "...Then the worst thing happened, that big, dark, hunky boy, the only one there huge enough for me, who had been hunching around over women, and whose name I had asked the minute I had come into the room, but no one told me, came over and was looking hard in my eyes and it was Ted Hughes...."
8/5/1884     Emma Lazarus, Sylvia Plath, Men
On this day in 1884 the cornerstone was laid for the Statue of Liberty. Among the thousands who helped Joseph Pulitzer raise the money for construction were Whitman and Twain -- each donated manuscripts for auction -- but Emma Lazarus's poem, "The New Colossus," raised more than these literary giants. Decades later, Sylvia Plath would join the giant-killing with her "Colossus."
12/31/1906     New Year's Poetry: Thomas Hardy, Sylvia Plath
This edition of New Year's Eve poetry features two poems, Thomas Hardy's "New Year's Eve" and Sylvia Plath's "New Year on Dartmoor." Beneath the difference in style and perspective -- Hardy's poem was written when he was approaching seventy, Plath's some thirteen months before her suicide at the age of thirty -- is the same pause over the mysteriousness of the moment.
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Collected Poems
poetry, anthology
The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
by Sylvia Plath, Karen V. Kukil (Editor)
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Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and the Story of Birthday Letters
by Erica Wagner
Birthday Letters
by Ted Hughes
The Savage God: A Study of Suicide
by A. Alvarez
The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes
by Janet Malcolm
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Academy of American Poets - Sylvia Plath
Feature a biography, poetry, bibliography, and links. Selected poems include "Daddy," "Lady Lazarus," "Morning Song," and "The Stones."

"Her first book of poems, The Colossus (1960), demonstrated her precocious talent, but was far more conventional than the work that followed. Having studied with Robert Lowell in 1959 and been influenced by the 'confessional' style of his collection Life Studies, she embarked on the new work that made her posthumous reputation as a major poet. A terrifying record of her encroaching mental illness, the poems that were collected after her suicide (at age 30) in 1963 in the volumes Ariel, Crossing the Water, and Winter Trees are graphically macabre, hallucinatory in their imagery, but full of ironic wit, technical brilliance, and tremendous emotional power. Her Selected Poems were published by Ted Hughes in 1985."
Academy of American Poets - Ted Hughes
Find a biography, bibliography, and links.

"Plath's suicide in early 1963—and the astonishing poems she left behind—made a substantial mark on the literary landscape, and followed Hughes for the rest of his life. Feminist critics lambasted him for his infidelity and abandonment of his wife; controversy surrounded his editorship of Plath's poems and prose. Hughes destroyed or misplaced key entries from the journals, and re-ordered his wife's final collection, Ariel. ... It took Hughes thirty-five years to break silence on the subject: his final collection, The Birthday Letters documents every phase of his relationship with Plath."
Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database (New York University)
Offers synopses and commentary from a medical perspective on a selection of poems including "The Bell Jar," "Lady Lazarus," and "Tulips." Examines such themes as adolescence, aging, death and dying, depression, grief, infertility, loneliness, mental illness, psychiatry, psychotherapy, rebellion, sexuality, suffering, and suicide.
Modern American Poetry
Offers two overviews of the poet's life and works and commentary on 12 poems. Also features the text of a 1962 interview, links, and photos.

"Plath's work is valuable for its stylistic accomplishments--its melding of comic and serious elements, its ribald fashioning of near and slant rhymes in a free-form structure, its terse voicing of themes that have too often been treated only with piety. It is also valuable for its ability to reach today's reader, because of its concern with the real problems of our culture."
Neurotic Poets
Features a biographical essay about Plath's life, her tortured life and recurring bouts of depression, her failed marriage to Ted Hughes, and the posthumous rise of her reputation. A large collection of poems is also provided, including "Sheep in Fog," "Edge" and "Ariel."
Features a comprehensive collection of poems (the largest we've seen), extensive list of links to literary criticism and analysis, and other resources. An excellent starting point for researching the poet's life and works.
Sylvia Plath Forum
Features visitor-contributed analysis and discussion of poems including "Lady Lazarus," "Daddy," "Words," "Cut," "Mirror," "Mystic," "The Bee Meeting," "The Moon and the Yew Tree," and "Tulips." A useful resource for students.
The Sylvia Plath Page: An Academic Exploration of Her Life and Works
Features a biography that explores the poet's life and ill-fated marriage to Ted Hughes, and literary analysis of theme and subject in the poems "In Plaster" and "Lady Lazarus." Also offers a timeline, audio clips of the Plath reading "Lady Lazarus," "November Graveyard," and "The Stones," and video clips offering selected perspectives on the author's life and works.
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