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Sylvia Plath

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes the poetry of Sylvia Plath. It notes her tendency to figure or literalise the dominant critical metaphors of the time — a tendency evident in her contemporaries but is ... More


Introduction

Luke Ferretter

in Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625093
eISBN:
9780748671694
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625093.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The introduction gives a chronological survey of Plath's fiction, published and unpublished. It divides her short stories into the following chronological groups – 1: Juvenilia (1946–50). 2: College ... More


Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson: Warton Lecture on English Poetry

Angela Leighton

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 121, 2002 Lectures

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197263037
eISBN:
9780191734007
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197263037.003.0010
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This lecture discusses form, which is a term that has multiform meanings and is contradictory. It looks at the sense of form found in the works of Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Bishop, and Anne Stevenson. ... More


“Two Sweet Ladies”: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence

David Trinidad

in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780813062204
eISBN:
9780813051895
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062204.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

‘“Two Sweet Ladies”: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence’ explores the friendship between Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton and their mutual influence on each other’s work. ... More


Sylvia Plath and ‘The Blessed Glossy <i>New Yorker</i>’

Linda Freedman

in Writing for The New Yorker: Critical Essays on an American Periodical

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780748682492
eISBN:
9781474422109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682492.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the making of Sylvia Plath in the context of The New Yorker, as well as her sense of her own materiality, or immateriality, as a writer in that context. In Jacqueline Rose's ... More


Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study

Luke Ferretter

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625093
eISBN:
9780748671694
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625093.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This is the first study devoted to Sylvia Plath's fiction. Plath wrote fiction throughout her life, in a wide variety of genres, including women's magazine romances, New Yorker stories, comedy, ... More


Mothers, Mirrors, Doubles: Anne Stevenson's Elegies for Sylvia Plath

Adam Piette

in Voyages over Voices: Critical Essays on Anne Stevenson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846314841
eISBN:
9781846316272
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846316272.005
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines the melancholic poem titled ‘Letter to Sylvia Plath’ written by poet Anne Stevenson and published in 1988. Elegies or mournful poems are commonly written by poets to pose ... More


Going to Extremes

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter first considers A. Alvarez's assessment of the poetry and suicide of Sylvia Plath. It argues that Plath's suicide was an eventuality neither Alvarez's theories, nor Alvarez himself had ... More


The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

William Wootten

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This book is the biography of a taste in poetry and its consequences. During the 1950s and 1960s, a generation of poets appeared who would eschew the restrained manner of Movement poets such as ... More


Threshold: Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath

Marta Figlerowicz

in Spaces of Feeling: Affect and Awareness in Modernist Literature

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501714221
eISBN:
9781501714245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501714221.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The first chapter, “Threshold,” examines the poetry of Wallace Stevens and Sylvia Plath. Stevens’ and Plath’s poems stall in realizations that a person’s mind and body do not themselves, even upon ... More


1963, London: The Myth of the Artist and the Woman Writer

Patricia Waug

in The Edinburgh Companion to Twentieth-Century Literatures in English

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748620111
eISBN:
9780748651863
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620111.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter takes a look at the myth of the artist, which is an authorial construct considered as problematic and crucial for women writers in 1963, starting with a section on sexual revolution, and ... More


From Prospero to Orpheus

in The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846310119.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter examines Hughes' works and his relationship with Plath. The purpose of all serious poetry is to find a shape and meaning in the chaos of experience. For the whole of his career Hughes ... More


Reading as Feeling

Merve Emre

in Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226473833
eISBN:
9780226474021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226474021.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Literary ethicists often claim that reading fiction can teach us to feel in deeper, more complex ways toward others. But what are the social and imaginative protocols by which readers enhance and ... More


Against Extremism

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers the attacks against Alvarez's extremism. In the 1960s and 1970s, there appeared something like a sub-genre devoted to attacking the notion of extremism in verse. Charles ... More


The Laughter of Foxes: A Study of Ted Hughes

Keith Sagar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310119
eISBN:
9781846313479
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313479
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

A literary figure often overshadowed by his famed wife, Sylvia Plath, and their troubled marriage, Ted Hughes was a brilliant poet in his own right who wrote some of the most important British poetry ... More


Birthday Letters

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter analyzes Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters. Birthday Letters put a poet, now of the 1990s, in correspondence with his younger self and the younger Plath. The poems comment on, allude to, ... More


Lyric: ‘Where's my Snare?’: Eminem and Sylvia Plath: Approach: Psychoanalytic Criticism

Peter Childs

in Texts: Contemporary Cultural Texts and Critical Approaches

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748620432
eISBN:
9780748671700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620432.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Released in 2002, Eminem’s song ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet’ signals itself as a child’s rebellion in its title by alluding to the common parental demand to clean up private space in the family home and ... More


‘The All‐Sustaining Air’: Variations on a Romantic Metaphor

Michael O'Neill

in The All-Sustaining Air: Romantic Legacies and Renewals in British, American, and Irish Poetry since 1900

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199299287
eISBN:
9780191715099
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299287.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The chapter explores the ways in which a metaphor central to Romanticism, that of ‘air’, reappears in the work of 20th-century poets. The metaphor is suggestive because of its multi-faceted ... More


‘I Don’t Like Dramatizing Myself’

William Wootten

in The Alvarez Generation: Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, and Peter Porter

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781781381632
eISBN:
9781781384893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781781381632.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter considers the poetry of Thom Gunn. While discussing ‘The Gas Poker’ a poem from his last volume, 2000's Boss Cupid, Gunn remarked: ‘I don't like dramatizing myself. I don't want to be ... More


Turncoats, Traitors, and Fellow Travelers: Culture and Politics of the Early Cold War

Arthur Redding

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604730050
eISBN:
9781604733266
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604730050.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

The Cold War was unique in the way films, books, television shows, colleges and universities, and practices of everyday life were enlisted to create American political consensus. This coercion ... More


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