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Revising Life: Sylvia Plaths Ariel Poems Susan R. Van Dyne

Revising Life: Sylvia Plaths Ariel Poems

Susan R. Van Dyne

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ISBN : 9780807821022
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206 pages
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Provides a compelling argument for Plaths revision of the painful parts of her life--the failed marriage, her anxiety for success, and her ambivalence towards her mother. . . . The reader will feel the tension in the poetry and the life.ChoiceMoreProvides a compelling argument for Plaths revision of the painful parts of her life--the failed marriage, her anxiety for success, and her ambivalence towards her mother. . . . The reader will feel the tension in the poetry and the life.Choice [Examines] Plaths twin goals of becoming a famous poet and a perfect mother. . . . This books main points are clearly and forcefully argued: that both poems and babies require struggle, pain, endless labor, and . . . fears of monstrous offspring and that, in the end, Plath ran out of the resources necessary to produce both. Often maligned as a self-indulgent confessional poet, Plath is here retrieved as a passionate theorist.--Library Journal Susan Van Dynes reading of twenty-five of Sylvia Plaths Ariel poems considers three contexts: Plaths journal entries from 1957 to 1959 (especially as they reveal her conflicts over what it meant to be a middle-class wife and mother and an aspiring writer in 1950s America)- the interpretive strategies of feminist theory- and Plaths multiple revisions of the poems.