Ariel and Other Poems – By Sylvia Plath

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Goodreads Synopsis: Upon the publication of her posthumous volume of poetry, Ariel, in the mid-1960s, Sylvia Plath became a household name. Readers may be surprised to learn that the draft of Ariel left behind by Sylvia Plath when she died in 1963 is different from the volume of poetry eventually published to worldwide acclaim.

This facsimile edition restores, for the first time, the selection and arrangement of the poems as Sylvia Plath left them at the point of her death. In addition to the facsimile pages of Sylvia Plath’s manuscript, this edition also includes in facsimile the complete working drafts of the title poem, “Ariel,” in order to offer a sense of Plath’s creative process, as well as notes the author made for the BBC about some of the manuscript’s poems.

In her insightful foreword to this volume, Frieda Hughes, Sylvia Plath’s daughter, explains the reasons for the differences between the previously published edition of Ariel as edited by her father, Ted Hughes, and her mother’s original version published here. With this publication, Sylvia Plath’s legacy and vision will be re-evaluated in the light of her original working draft.

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“Out of ash/I rise with my red hair/And I eat men like air.”

I loved this collection of poems from Plath.  This is one of those books I read, put down and then longed to have a copy for my library.  I get most of my books from the local library, which is fantastic, but sometimes you just have to own a book!

Ariel is the sort of collection that I wish I could put together someday. Magical, lyrical, speaking truth into my life and hopefully into others as well.  Ariel is everything you could ever want from a poetry book. Plath’s writing will never not be relevant.

I also loved the forward to the book, which was written by Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes.  It’s very insightful into the life of Sylvia Plath, her husband Ted and the children she left behind.

Ariel was an instant five star read for me and I highly recommend it.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

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Goodreads Synopsis: Will Stel Caine rise from the depths to become first human in millennia to set foot on the surface of the Earth? Who is the relentless Minister of Thought on a quest to put an end to Stel’s attempt to restore the light to a dying world?

Collecting: Low 7-10

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