Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

by Stephanie Hemphill

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On a bleak February day in 1963 a young American poet died by her own hand, and passed into a myth that has since imprinted itself on the hearts and minds of millions. She was and is Sylvia Plath and Your Own, Sylvia is a portrait of her life, told in poems.

With photos and an extensive list of facts and sources to round out the reading experience, Your Own, Sylvia is a great curriculum companion to Plath's The Bell Jar and Ariel, a welcoming introduction for newcomers, and an unflinching valentine for the devoted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307493590
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/10/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 979,372
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Stephanie Hemphill lives in Los Angeles, California.

Read an Excerpt

If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
Of something beautiful, but annihilating.
-from "The Rival" by Sylvia Plath
Who are you, Sylvia Plath?
A cold comet locked in place by gravity?
A glint in the cracked ceiling above my bed?
Something shimmers out of your chasm.
Your language feels like words
trapped under my tongue
that I can't quite spit out on my own.
Readers tremble over your pages,
believe you spell out
letter by letter
the words of their hearts.
What's your secret, Sylvia?
Are you the moon?
Or have you become bigger than that?
Are you the sun?
And I wonder,
who can possess the stuff of the sky?
                Can I?

Sylvia Plath signed many letters she wrote to her mother "Your own, Sivvy."
"The Rival" appears in Plath's famous poetry collection, Ariel.


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