The Colossus and Other Poems

The Colossus and Other Poems

by Sylvia Plath


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With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "The Disquieting Muses," "I Want, I Want," and "Full Fathom Five," she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger for death. Graceful in their craftsmanship, wonderfully original in their imagery, and presenting layer after layer of meaning, the forty poems in The Colossus are early artifacts of genius that still possess the power to move, delight, and shock.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375704468
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Series: Vintage International Series
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 333,187
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 in Massachusetts. She began publishing poems and stories as a teenager and by the time she entered Smith College had won several poetry prizes.
She was a Fulbright Scholar in Cambridge, England, and married British poet Ted Hughes in London in 1956. The young couple moved to the States, where Plath became an instructor at Smith College, and had two children. Later, they moved back to England,
where Plath continued writing poetry and wrote The Bell Jar, which was first published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas in England in 1963. On February 11, 1963, Plath committed suicide. The Bell Jar was first published under her own name in the United
States by Harper & Row in 1971, despite the protests of Plath's family. Plath's
Collected Poems, published posthumously in 1981, won the Pulitzer Prize.

Date of Birth:

October 27, 1932

Date of Death:

February 11, 1963

Place of Birth:

Boston, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

London, England


B.A., Smith College, 1955; Fulbright Scholar, Cambridge University

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The Colossus and Other Poems 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DonnaMarieMerritt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Some of my favorites in this collection: "Point Shirley"; "Mushrooms"; "The Ghost's Leavetaking"; "Spinster"
tap_aparecium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I recommend reading Ariel instead but there are still some winners in this bunch.
heidilove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
wow. i really enjoy this work and return to it often.
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I've veen wanting to read some of Plath's poetry for a while now because I've heard so many good things about her work. I was not dissappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think her poems are deep. Sylvia touched her own soul. It is important to fill a 'hollowness'. & She did it wonderfully, painlessly. Sylvia ended her morbid life lovingly. Funny how 'stardom' is always recognized after the persons passing.