BRLSI Poetry - The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

10 October 2018


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John Chambers, Former Head of English, King Edwards School

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) published only one volume of poetry (The Colossus) in her lifetime, with three more published posthumously. Her Collected Poems won the Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and her Ariel was restored in 2004. This talk will approach her work chronologically focusing on a selection of poems from the main phases of her life from 1956 when she met Ted Hughes until her death in London after their separation in 1963. It will have the twin aims of showing the surprising range of her subject matter as well as the conscious development of her style and technical approach.