Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile Of Plaths Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection And Arrangement Sylvia Plath

ISBN: 9780571226856

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Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile Of Plaths Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection And Arrangement  by  Sylvia Plath

Ariel: The Restored Edition: A Facsimile Of Plaths Manuscript, Reinstating Her Original Selection And Arrangement by Sylvia Plath
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Sylvia Plath churned out her final poems at the remarkable rate of two or three a day, and Robert Lowell describes them as written by hardly a person at all ... but one of those super-real, hypnotic, great classical heroines.

Even more remarkable,MoreSylvia Plath churned out her final poems at the remarkable rate of two or three a day, and Robert Lowell describes them as written by hardly a person at all ... but one of those super-real, hypnotic, great classical heroines.

Even more remarkable, she wrote them during one of the coldest, snowiest winters (1962-63) Londoners have ever known. Snowbound, without central heating, she and her two children spent much of their time sniffling, coughing, or running temperatures (In Fever 103° she writes, I have been flickering, off, on, off on. / The sheets grow heavy as a lechers kiss.).

Pipes froze, lights failed, and candles were unobtainable.As if these physical privations werent enough, Plath was out in the cold in another sense--her husband, Ted Hughes, had left her for another woman earlier that year. Despite all this (or perhaps because of it), the Ariel poems dazzle with their lyricism, their surprising and vivid imagery, and their wit.

Rather than confining herself to her bleak surroundings, Plath draws from a wide array of experience.Along with withholding (or allegedly destroying) one of Plaths journals after her death in 1963, Plaths husband, the late English poet laureate Ted Hughes, brought out a version of her second and final book of poems, Ariel, that differed from the manuscript she left on her desk. That edition—for which Hughes dropped 12 poems, added 12 composed a few months later, shifted the poems ordering and included an introduction by Robert Lowell—has become a classic.

The present edition restores the 12 missing poems, drops the 12 added ones, and prints the manuscript in Plaths own order, followed by a facsimile of the typescript Plath left, along with a foreword by Plath and Hughess daughter Frieda Hughes, several hand- and typewritten drafts of the books title poem and notes by David Semanki.The original manuscripts contents have been widely known since Hughes published them in the 1981 Collected Poems, but there is an undeniable thrill to reading Plaths book as she left it—the lacerating The Rabbit Catcher, left out of the Ted Hughes edition, comes third here, with its rhyme of force with gorse, the flowers of which had an efficiency, a great beauty,/ And were extravagant, like torture.

As to whether this version is a better book, only time will tell. For now, despite Frieda Hughes’s repeated references to her father’s respect for Plath’s work, tally another shot in the Plath wars.



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