The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath PDF/EPUB ✓

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath [PDF / EPUB] The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath First US PublicationA major literary event the complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath, published in their entirety for the first timeSylvia Plath s journals were originally published in in a h First US PublicationA major Journals of PDF/EPUB ¼ literary event the complete, uncensored journals of Sylvia Plath, published in their entirety for the first timeSylvia Plath s journals were originally published inin a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath s husband, Ted Hughes This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life Sixty percent of the book The Unabridged eBook ✓ is material that has never before been made public, fully revealing the intensity of the poet s personal and literary struggles, and providing fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons The complete Journals of Sylvia Plath is essential reading for all who have been moved and fascinated by Plath s life and work.


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    The Problem of Sylvia Plath, Her Poetry, and the Necessity of Her JournalsBecause of her suicide at the age of 30, many critics have labeled her either immature or hysterical while other critics have taken it upon themselves to defend her integrity Those who have championed her work find they do so at personal cost Unfortunately, her personal life, and the circumstances surrounding her death have had an adverse effect on how she is read.Quite instinctively, one knows the implications that may The Problem of Sylvia Plath, Her Poetry, and the Necessity of Her JournalsBecause of her suicide at the age of 30, many critics have labeled her either immature or hysterical while other critics have taken it upon themselves to defend her integrity Those who have championed her work find they do so at personal cost Unfortunately, her personal life, and the circumstances surrounding her death have had an adverse effect on how she is read.Quite instinctively, one knows the implications that may be drawn when acknowledging a liking for her poetry By announcing your admiration for Plath, you may find yourself under suspicion for morbidity, bad taste and even doctrinaire feminism.However, if you believe Plath is one of theimportant poets of the 20th century and that she s had a lasting effect on lyric poetry, one cannot deny the import of her work Although, beware, her work is seen through many lenses Even admiring lenses can cloud one s judgment Many admirers make the mistake of imagining Plath to be a Phaedra a spurned woman, a dangerous woman, and a victim But the speaker in her poetry is just as multidimensional as Plath was herself Despite the fact that she wrote from the emotional realities of her life, one cannot stress enough, how important it is to separate the person from the creative result It is because of this confusion between the two, that the Unabridged Journals bear the burden of illumination They are a significant contribution to our understanding of Plath and Plath scholarship.The journals allow us to see Plath s joyful, backbreaking work They allow us to see the methodical revisions, the many thoughtful ways in which she crafted her poems They allow us to see the seams and underpinnings necessary in the making of lasting poetry.Though Plath s sensibility is dark, and though she twists nature to her own effect, like so many other poets and fiction writers, there is something uncommon about her work and the strength and momentum that builds poem to poem There is a forcefulness of the persona speaking through her work, and then too, there is her strong inclination toward wholeness and harmony although, many only see the jaded and sardonic undercurrents.Yet, one of the most important aspects of her work, an aspect that has often been neglected, has to do with the idea of the spirit derailed from its source, and how that spirit is always trying to find its way back to the source The speaker is constantly in flight, searching for a means of return This is the dilemma of the soul It is the dilemma of the artist in his or her calling, and that spiritual pull between the real world and the state of imagining which becomes, through physical and mental exertion, its own state It is because of this that I maintain that Plath was brilliant and that she created her final poems with genius Her final book, known as Ariel, was a swift achievement Many of the poems written in the final months of her life were characterized by a propulsion, or forward momentum, a gallop toward an end Like Shakespeare s Ariel, the spirit of Plath s work appears to be driven toward an understanding of enslavement and the necessity of freedom The work speaks to the alchemy of person hood and art formation For Plath, this was a quest for liberation, and a means to end her suffering There is a dichotomy between the mechanical and mathematical aspects of poetry and something outside reason Plath merges form with associative lyricism until the scaffolding of her old style falls away and we are left with Ariel.To know Plathclosely, one may want to read her journals They give the reader a glimpse into the ways she worked and into the associative powers of her mind The journals allow the reader to separate the person from the persona It gives a sense of the ordinary, and humanizes the writer One sees the struggles she endured, in her daily life, as an imperfect person in the pursuit of her art And it is One Art, like Bishop s art, in its own way, so precisely crafted and yet as soon as it is mastered lost Unfortunately, some of her journals went missing or were destroyed But the journals that remain allow a close reader to see some of her ideas before they appeared in print They give a sense to how she may have approached her work There is no doubt Sylvia Plath s art was a labor of love Her euphoria and intensity in the creating of it is tangible It is important to read the journals, and her poetry as it is appears on the page, and to remember, all art is artifice All true artists create not just a world, but a mythology within which they exist Although Plath s mythology may at times be off putting due to a kind of forcefulness and rancor, it is a distinct voice full of human emotion The world she creates is recognizable, but only as far as a dream may be recognizable In truth, what we encounter cannot be Plath herself Her final poetry is a brilliant invention, prepared by a writer in pursuit of her very best It is a visionary form a reality that seemsreal, only because of its extreme divergence Great poets trick their listeners and readers by making the art form feelreal Perhaps this was her call, as Sylvia Plath said so herself But the call of the reader is to recognize the trick and then to commend the art for brilliant illusions


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    I decided I was going to read this for two reasons Sylvia Plath intrigued me and I need to write better journal entries.It is sometimes hard to wrap your head around the fact that she was so young when she wrote those journals, and constantly I had to keep reminding myself She seemed extremely mature for her age I found myself only reading 20, 30 pages at a time, because her words were so full of introspection, I had to continually go back and reread passages and reflect, soul search about m I decided I was going to read this for two reasons Sylvia Plath intrigued me and I need to write better journal entries.It is sometimes hard to wrap your head around the fact that she was so young when she wrote those journals, and constantly I had to keep reminding myself She seemed extremely mature for her age I found myself only reading 20, 30 pages at a time, because her words were so full of introspection, I had to continually go back and reread passages and reflect, soul search about my own life It was exhausting and worthwhile.The first half of this book is absolutely remarkable Especially for being just a journal After she married, however, I think her tone changed Her journaling was permanently altered She made herself so little when compared to the great Ted Hughes She refrained from nagging him, but he could nag her, because of his superior seat Out of the pair he was always the better, bigger and smarter in her eyes Her feminist words of before were somehow not put into action, and she became rather submissive and accepting too much of his behavior and betrayals I understand her position and era of misogyny, but after being so entirely compelled by this woman s words, I can t lie here and say her submission didn t bother me.The introspection halted and her diaries started resembling a drone list of clipped everyday happenings and to do lists The student Sylvia was interesting, incredibly eloquent and contemplative alive and iridescent, even at her worst depressions The working, married Sylvia was washed out and colorless But that s when she wrote her most important masterpieces So I suppose she just transplanted her magic from journaling to higher purposes.This book was a long, tough read Took me forever to finish But it wasthan worth it Sylvia Plath was something else Her words transcend journaling


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    The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath An exact and complete transcription of the journals kept by Sylvia Plath over the last twelve years of her life Sylvia Plath kept a record of her life from the age of eleven until her death at thirty The journals are characterized by the vigorous immediacy with which she records her inner thoughts and feelings and the intricacies of her daily life Apart from being a key source for her early writing, they give us an intimate portrait of the writer who The Journals of Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath An exact and complete transcription of the journals kept by Sylvia Plath over the last twelve years of her life Sylvia Plath kept a record of her life from the age of eleven until her death at thirty The journals are characterized by the vigorous immediacy with which she records her inner thoughts and feelings and the intricacies of her daily life Apart from being a key source for her early writing, they give us an intimate portrait of the writer who was to produce in the last seven months of her life the extraordinary poems which have secured her reputation as one of the greatest of twentieth century poets 2004 1382 488 9643126595 1386 9789643126599 1393 1395 1396 20 20 03 1399


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    So it all moves in a pageant towards the ending, it s own ending Everywhere, imperceptibly or otherwise, things are passing, ending, going And there will be other summers, other band concerts, but never this one, never again, never as now Next year I will not be the self of this year now And that is why I laugh at the transient, the ephemeral laugh, while clutching, holding, tenderly, like a fool his toy, cracked glass, water through fingers For all the writing, for all the invention of e So it all moves in a pageant towards the ending, it s own ending Everywhere, imperceptibly or otherwise, things are passing, ending, going And there will be other summers, other band concerts, but never this one, never again, never as now Next year I will not be the self of this year now And that is why I laugh at the transient, the ephemeral laugh, while clutching, holding, tenderly, like a fool his toy, cracked glass, water through fingers For all the writing, for all the invention of engines to express convey capture life, it is the living of it that is the gimmick It goes by, and whatevere dream you use to dope up the pains and hurts, it goes Delude yourself about printed islands of permanence You ve only got so long to live You re getting your dream Things are working, blind forces, no personal spiritual beneficent ones except your own intelligence and the good will of a few other fools and fellow humans So hit it while it s hot Jesus My college diaries don t sound like that, let me tell you But of course, Sylvia Plath has always operated on another level entirely, and her journals prove nothing else, it s that Plath was in a category by herself The newly unabridged journals of Sylvia Plath are a fascinating and intimate look into her life and her mind and at the same time, the reader is kept mostly at arm s length For every page where we see Plath grappling with her depression, or her anxieties about writing, or her complex relationship with Ted Hughes, we have to wade through hundreds of pages that are nothing but Plath describing who she spent the afternoon with and what they wore and what the room looked like As a writing exercise, she would record everyone s outfits and physical details of the places she visited I m sure it helped her as a writer, but for a reader, it s a maddening slog And even though this book contains hundreds of pages worth of journal entries that were previously kept out of the public eye thanks, Ted , this is far from a no holds barred tell all Many of Plath s journals have been destroyed, and Plath went through long periods where she didn t do any diary keeping at all So we get to read her college journals up until July 1953, and then there s nothing until 1955 so anyone going into this book expecting raw, emotional entries written after Plath s suicide attempt in August 1953, and her last year at Smith following her hospitalization, will be disappointed I freely admit that I m one of these ghouls the first time I read The Diary of Anne Frank in elementary school, I was genuinely disappointed that the final entry wasn t written as the Gestapo were raiding the attic At over seven hundred pages, this book requires a lot of commitment Even die hard Plath fans will find themselves struggling to stay invested the downside of reading real diaries is that there s never anything resembling a plot to keep the reader interested, unless that plot is we re hiding from the Nazis or something like that But if you stick with it, there s a lot to discover I identified very strongly with the college entries, because it s a lot of what am I supposed to do with my life am I actually talented when am I going to get a boyfriend that will be very, very familiar to anyone who remembers that period of their lives Plath also writes frankly about what it s really like to make a living as a writer once she and Ted are married, they re both constantly sending stories to magazines, working on their books, and applying for writing fellowships Plath is always reminding herself to writein her entries, setting goals for herself like write for two hours every day or finish ten poems and send them to publishers It s a very realistic depiction of what it actually means to be a writer The most interesting part, for many people, will be after Plath marries Ted Hughes I didn t know much about their married life, aside from the fact that Ted was responsible for fucking up a lot of Plath s poetry collections after her death, and the way Plath writes about their marriage is really interesting She fucking adored Hughes, and she seemed to really love her role as a housewife she s always baking cakes and throwing dinner parties, and at times it seems like she enjoyed being an author s wifethan being an author herself She believed that Ted was the real talent, and seemed very happy to play second fiddle to him so it s a delightful irony that Plath is now thefamous name, while Ted Hughes is known primarily as Sylvia Plath s jealous husband As I said earlier, their relationship was complex Plath freely acknowledges in her diaries that Ted is a surrogate father figure for her, and there s a section where she realizes Ted is cheating on her and is devastated Throughout the book, you can see Plath struggling with her own personal demons, and trying to push back at the depression and anxiety that eventually killed her In a way, I appreciated how long this volume is, because it allows you to see that Sylvia Plath wasthan just a writer who killed herself She had good days and bad days, she was complicated, she was happy and sad and scared and angry, and she was alive I must reject the grovelling image of the fearful beast in myself, which is an elaborate escape image, and face, force, days into line I have an inner fight that won t be conquered by a motto or one night s resolution My demon of negation will tempt me day by day, and I ll fight it, as something other than my essential self, which I am fighting to save each day will have something to recommend itMinute by minute to fight upward Out from under that black cloud which would annihilate my whole being with its demand for perfection and measure, not of what I am, but of what I am not I am what I am, and have written, lived, and travelled I have been worth what I have won, but must work to be worthI shall not beby wishful thinking


  5. says:

    This isinteresting than any of her publications fiction or non fiction Those who want to knowabout Plath must read these journals.


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    There were moments reading this book that I had to put it down because the feelings are so vivid you feel like an intruder There are quotes from her journal that decribe in dark detail the feelings that I am sure many women feel as they are on their own for the first time, falling in love, broken hearted, scared of failure, married, aloneLoved this book.


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    A wide ranging collection of Plath s journals and fragments, all of which are exquisitely written and tedious to read start to end Mixed in with sharp observations about gender, class, and writing are innumerable sketches of lackluster men, lists of daily itinerary, and elliptical memories, for which the editor s given little context In spite of many moving passages the book feels incredibly uneven and disjointed, which makes sense insofar as it s comprised of several private journals made pub A wide ranging collection of Plath s journals and fragments, all of which are exquisitely written and tedious to read start to end Mixed in with sharp observations about gender, class, and writing are innumerable sketches of lackluster men, lists of daily itinerary, and elliptical memories, for which the editor s given little context In spite of many moving passages the book feels incredibly uneven and disjointed, which makes sense insofar as it s comprised of several private journals made public, but it s hard not to wish that everything had beencohesively presented


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    It s astounding how much I relate to Sylvia in these journals I think all feminine beings need to read this Her entries are honest and raw revealing her sensitivities, obsessions, routines, insecuritiesMore intimate than any of her poetry books, Plath s journals offer greater insight into both her personal and literary struggles.This book is of great value to me and I m sure I will continue referring to it for many years.


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    This is the book that introduced me to Sylvia Plath Her poetry and The Bell Jar would follow I came to appreciate her love for just writing She can make the most mundane interesting To truly have a complete picture of Sylvia Plath, The Journals are integral One of my great thrills was to visit Smith College, and meet Karen Kukil and actually pick up and read the actual journals In the Mortimer rare book room, I was also able to see the drafts of her poems written on the pink Smith Coll This is the book that introduced me to Sylvia Plath Her poetry and The Bell Jar would follow I came to appreciate her love for just writing She can make the most mundane interesting To truly have a complete picture of Sylvia Plath, The Journals are integral One of my great thrills was to visit Smith College, and meet Karen Kukil and actually pick up and read the actual journals In the Mortimer rare book room, I was also able to see the drafts of her poems written on the pink Smith College stationary To read the Journals for me was to get closer to the real Sylvia Plath, and away from the sensationalized version Highly recommended for anyone interested in Sylvia Plath


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    I will not rate this book It s too hard for me to finish reading I feel like I m intruding I love memoirs, but this is not one This is a collection of raw feelings thoughts Would Sylvia Plath have published her diaries, had she survived Would she have changed them before publication


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