Modern and Contemporary American Poetry
Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
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biographical information

     1. Biography 

     2. Biography, with links to a variety of other useful Plath sites 

     3. A very detailed biography 


relevant links

     1. A website with many good online resources related to Plath 

     2. Another good site devoted to Plath 

     3. Information about Plath from our department's English Literature Databank 




e-texts of poems

     1. "Conversation among the Ruins
        --This poem is based upon Giorgio de Chirico's
           "Conversation among the Ruins"

"Conversation among the Ruins"
     2. "The Disquieting Muses" 
    --This poem is based upon Giorgio de Chirico's 
       "The Disquieting Muses" 

    --Brief introduction to de Giorgio de Chirico's life 
       and work

"The Disturbing Muses" (1925) 
It is from Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome 
     3. "Snakecharmer" 
    --This poem is based upon Henri Rousseau's 
       "The Snake Charmer" 

    --Brief introduction to the life of the painter 
       Henri Rousseau 

    --Online essay comparing Plath's poem with 
       William Plomer's "In the Snake Park" 

"The Snake Charmer" (1907) 
It is from Isabel Art Gallery 
     4. "Virgin in a Tree" 
    --This poem is based upon the etching 
       "Virgin in a Tree" by Paul Klee. 

    --Site introducing Paul Klee's life and paintings

"Virgin in a Tree" (1903) 
It is from Universo Online 
     5. "Battle-Scene From the Comic Operatic Fantasy 
         The Seafarer" 
    --This poem is based upon a watercolor with 
       the same title by Paul Klee.
"Battle-Scene From the Comic Operatic Fantasy The Seefarer" (1923) 
It is from Jim's Fine Art Collection 
Copyright (c) 1997-1998 L. James Grattan & Associates 
     6. "Two Views of a Cadaver Room" 
    --The second part of this poem is based on the painting 
       "The Triumph of Death" by Pieter Breughel
    --Summary and commentary on the poem  
"The Triumph of Death" (1962) 
It is from Jim's Fine Art Collection 
Copyright (c) 1997-1998 L. James Grattan & Associates 
     7. "The Colossus"

     8. "Daddy"

    --Online essay about the imagery of the poem 

    --Online essay called "Sylvia the Vampire Slayer"

    --Online essay about "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus" 
    --A videoclip for the poem from the "Voices and Visions" project 

    --Brief discussion of the poem together with a discussion of Plath's relationship with the poet Anne Sexton 

    --Another essay exploring the relationship between Plath and Sexton 

    --Brief discussion of the poem 

    --A parody called "Mommy"

     9. "Lady Lazarus"

        --Student response to the poem 

        --Brief summary and commentary on the poem 

        --Brief analysis of the poem 

     10. "Edge"


online discussions

     1. Online essay by Joyce Carol Oates called "The Death Throes of Romanticism: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath"

     2. A student's essay entitled "Sylvia Plath: Development of a Poet from 'Tale of a Tub' to 'Ariel'"

     3. Online essay called "Sylvia Plath: Poetic Artisan"

     4. Essay called "The American Dream Gone Wrong in the Works of Sylvia Plath"



***The background photo is from Sylvia Plath Forum administered by Elaine Connell, author of Sylvia Plath:
      Killing The Angel In The House

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