Editorial Reviews. Review. “[Her poems] have that exquisite, heart-breaking quality about them that has made Sylvia Plath our acknowledged Queen of Sorrows. Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other. Sylvia Plath, “The Colossus” from The Colossus. Source: The Colossus (Random House, Inc., ). Sylvia Plath’s first book of poetry, The Colossus, and Other Poems, was generally well received as the clever first book of a promising young poet. The poems.

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The Bell Jar Letters Home: I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress. May you rest in peace, you tortured, gorgeous, sensitive soul you. Words that stick and clog and glutinate inside you; well, inside meat least.

The 44 poems poeks here are in the published order. I find Plath’s poetry at times to be beautiful and arresting, but more often than not in this collection 2. Open Preview See a Problem? The poems are too rich, too sensual and filling. One morning ppems across campus, me to chemistry and she to a literature class, she stopped me and we stood facing one another.

I quite enjoyed the way she evokes the turmoil of thoughts and mostly negative feelings she has about her grandmother and the moment in the fourth stanza in which she becomes much more lucid when focusing on a common, happy childhood memory—her grandmother baking apple cakes. There is little doubt that she was angry that she was required to write like a woman and remain firmly ensconced within feminine issues.


In such classics as “The Beekeeper’s Daughter,” “The Disquieting Muses,” “I Want, I Want,” and “Full Fathom Five,” she writes about fhe and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger for death. Aug 01, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: I was not overly impressed posms this poem for one main reason: See 1 question about The Colossus and Other Poems….

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I palth very impressed by Plath’s work though I know she is quite famous in the world of poetry. I fell into Plath’s spell on several occasions during my freshman year. The imagery and metaphors of the poems convey relentlessly the inner emotional life of the persona. This is really Plath as her “least confessional”–these are stunning glimpses into a natural world that is brutal and frightening, though perfectly ordered.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. There is an admirable no-nonsense air about this; the language is bare but vivid and precise, with a concentration that implies a good deal of disturbance with proportionately little fuss.

That the poems are nevertheless very rhythmic is attributable less to an adroit syllabic measure than to felicitous aural features such as internal rhyme and alliteration.


This rather pedantic attitude toward poetry shows in these poems, many of which devoutly adhere to difficult rhyme schemes albeit frequently using slant rhymes “The Colossus,” from what I understand, was Plath’s first published collection of poetry.

Finally I went on to chemistry class, although unable to concentrate.

Do you have any questions? Only read some poems, but come on, it’s Sylvia.

The Colossus and Other Poems Analysis

Killua no, you can find that one in ‘ariel: By placing the texts in dialogue, Simmons unveils a new internal language in the work of these groundbreaking poets. Her imagery, at times, was fascinating but I found lther topics of the poems nature, love, death, etc. I’d love to hear from you! Everybody already knows Plath was a brilliant writer, so I won’t spend too much time writing a review.

Missing Strophe in The Ghost’s Leavetaking? Discusses books and artwork that influenced Plath, including mythological and psychological sources. The imagery is rich and evocative and it brings the reader to a place of pondering the way time turns savage boars into common domesticated pigs. I just didn’t have the patience colossux delve into the meaning of the poetry.