Ariel : poems by Sylvia Plath
New York : Harper & Row, 1965. Ninth printing. Hardcover. 85 pages ; 21 cm. Price clipped dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
"In these poems, written in the last months of her life, and often rushed out at the rate of two or three a day, Sylvia Plath becomes herself, becomes something imaginary, newly, wildly and subtly created hardly a person at all, or a woman, certainly not another 'poetess,' but one of that super-real, hypnotic, great classical heroines....
"There is a peculiar, haunting challenge to these poems. Probably many, after reading Ariel, will recoil from their first overawed shock, and painfully wonder why so much of it leaves them feeling empty, evasive and inarticulate. In her lines, I often hear the serpent whisper, 'Come, if only you had the courage, you too could have my rightness, audacity and ease of inspiration.' But most of us will turn back. These poems are playing Russian roulette with six cartridges in the cylinder..." From the Introduction by Robert Lowell
"Ariel is a unique book—it scarcely seems a book at all, rather a keen, cold gust of reality as though somebody had knocked out a window pane on a brilliant night. It is a plangent, painful book, with all the pain translated into beauty, nothing less. Poem after poem seems to have been waiting there always to be recognized." -Robert Penn Warren
"I am very moved. These last poems stun me!"- Anne Sexton
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