Sylvia Plath

The Poetry of Initiation

By Jon Rosenblatt

195 pp., 5.5 x 8.5

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4086-3
    Published: January 1982
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-4814-9
    Published: June 2018
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-7582-2
    Published: June 2018

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The author shows how Plath's remarkable lyric dramas define a private ritual process. The book deals with the emotional material from which Plath's poetry arises and the specific ritual transformations she dramatizes. It covers all phases of Plath's poetry, closely following the development of image and idea from the apprentice work through the last lyrics of Ariel. The critical method stays close to the language of the poems and defines Plath's struggle toward maturity.

Originally published in 1979.

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