[Review] Ariel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath

3 Things About This Book : Confessional Poetry | Angry, Raw and Honest | Vivid Imagery |

ariel the restored edition poems cover by sylvia plathAriel: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
Published: 2010 by Faber & Faber
Genre(s): Poetry
Pages: 116
Format: ebook
IBSN: 9780571264186
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4 stars

Angry, raw and honest, so much so that it cuts deep and easily like a knife meeting no resistance. The imagery, the tonality, everything screams those three and I think it is brilliant how the poems in Ariel have easily retained and practically effuses them, despite my lack of understanding of the intended meanings.

The poems in this collection are immensely personal, even more than those of her earlier works. Consequently, these poems would likely not be easily understood by many. For me, the majority of the poems flew over my head the first time I read this collection. It wasn’t easy to decipher what Plath’s intended meanings for her poems were in one read.  However, with some research, the meaning become clearer and it hit me again exactly how brilliant and honest Plath was in her craft. I thought it was amazing that no matter how many different perspectives in which I read a poem of hers, they would still be far from her intended one.

All in all, it is best to keep in mind that one shouldn’t read Ariel and hope to find Plath from her Mad Girl’s Love Song days, for by the time Ariel came to be, Plath has long changed. This collection is angrier, more bitter and feeling very much like Plath’s final words to the world. She has changed and this collection is a reflection—or perhaps more accurately, a fraction of who she was at that time, because there is undoubtedly more that remains unspoken.

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