Tuesday, January 15, 2013

News at Eleven: If you burn away the glamour of myth,

you can focus on [Sylvia] Plath's mastery of voice, her address, subjects and images, and on what we learn from her work not about individual psyches but the roles that words play in our constant repositioning of inner and outer, self and world. What poems like "Ariel" and "Elm" actually do (rather than what they reflect, or express)--their shape, beat and energy, their notions, short-circuits and folding mirrors--is to find new ways of putting absolute voice into absolute silence; of laying daredevil verbal shapes on the white space of a page.

from The Independent: Sylvia Plath: The idol, the victim--and the pioneer


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