What do you guys think of Sylvia Plath? i havent read any of her poetry but just started reading the bell jar but am not terribly impressed. its getting more interesting as she is getting more manic, is her poetry significantly better than her novel?
Almost the same thing before when orson Scott card said he didn't agree with gay marriage. Suddenly the after uneducated feel this is grounds to in discount his in work. Troll harder, spades. Your writing for just isn't on with par with whitey
I liked it, but my impression is biased - I was awfully depressed when I read it (I'm still in therapy) so I found in the novel 'someone' who knows what shes's talking about.
I highly prefer her journal though. Her downfall is more accurately portrayed, I think it gives a good insight of how clinical depression looks from the inside. It's a shame that her last journal was burned by her husband.
>is her poetry significantly better than her novel?
Yes. Ariel was a fine work, impressive craft for someone as young as she was.
Her poetry is well crafted - people who dispute that are dilettantes or have Procrustean programs of poetics - but it shows evidence of both her mania and her youth.
She uses imagery and abrupt utterances in a very opaque, lightly surreal, psuedo-prophetic way that I feel is characteristic of mania, having experienced people with it.
I'm neutral on this. I prefer poetry more like Auden's and Stevens where there is a sort of gradual building up of meaning. I also really like the open, emotional poetry of Snodgrass and Larkin. Your enjoyment of her may vary with your taste.
Her youth shows through in the edginess of a lot of the poems. Use of Nazi imagry, that kind of thing. I think it flaws the poetry.
By craft I mean the way the sounds and rhythms of the words are put together, the way the sentences are organized across lines, the skill in the selection of words given the poem's own aim.
This is probably my favorite poem of hers. If you want to understand what I mean by "craft" read this on the page, then out loud with attention to the line breaks.
No, it's far from free verse. If you mean, is it tightly rhymed and obviously iambic, but no, it's not... however
Nobody in the lane, and nothing, nothing but blackberries,/blackberries on either side, though on the right mainly,
NoBODy IN the LANE, and NOTHing, NOTHing BUT BLACKBERries
BLACKberries, on EITHer SIDE though ON the RIGHT MAINLY
They're both varying from an iambic mean. There's a variation at the end of line 1 to emphasize the blackbarries. The B of but plus two stresses. The next line varies from the iambic first line to build the emphasis even more, look how many blackberries they are, how overwhemingly colorful. Returns to iambs. Then there's a variation that's mirroring the previous line and also tying lane and main together, and blackberries and ly together in a slant. It's coming from the way the speaker is proceeding on his or her walk.
This is really subtle and artful craft by somebody who knows meter.
MAINLY should be MAINly in my scansion, I forgot to change it as I worked it out. I hope I've come across as clear. You can go through the poem and more or less continue finding what I'm finding. She's very good at using internal rhymes to keep the poem moving along, as well as stresses in key places.
No just wondering really. I just think it's funny that in every thread a guy shows up, explains why he likes her poetry specifically using the word "craft" and then calls those who don't agree dilettantes.