Winter Trees

Winter Trees The poems in this collection were all written in the last nine months of Sylvia Plath s life and form part of the group from which the Ariel poems were chosen Her radio play Three Women also includ

  • Title: Winter Trees
  • Author: Sylvia Plath
  • ISBN: 9780571108626
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • The poems in this collection were all written in the last nine months of Sylvia Plath s life, and form part of the group from which the Ariel poems were chosen Her radio play Three Women , also included here, was written slightly earlier, in the transitional period between The Colossus and Ariel.

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    1. Sylvia Plath

      Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer.Known primarily for her poetry, Plath also wrote a semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas The book s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a bright, ambitious student at Smith College who begins to experience a mental breakdown while interning for a fashion magazine in New York The plot parallels Plath s experience interning at Mademoiselle magazine and subsequent mental breakdown and suicide attempt.Along with Anne Sexton, Plath is credited with advancing the genre of confessional poetry initiated by Robert Lowell and W.D Snodgrass Despite her remarkable artistic, academic, and social success at Smith, Plath suffered from severe depression and underwent a period of psychiatric hospitalization She graduated from Smith with highest honours in 1955 and went on to Newnham College, Cambridge, in England, on a Fulbright fellowship Here she met and married the English poet Ted Hughes in 1956 For the following two years she was an instructor in English at Smith College.In 1960, shortly after Plath and Hughes returned to England from America, her first collection of poems appeared as The Colossus She also gave birth to a daughter, Frieda Rebecca Hughes and Plath s son, Nicholas Farrar, was born in 1962 Plath took her own life on the morning of February 11, 1963 Leaving out bread and milk, she completely sealed the rooms between herself and her sleeping children with wet towels and cloths Plath then placed her head in the oven while the gas was turned on.Her father was Otto Emil Plath.

    107 thoughts on “Winter Trees”

    1. And so I stand, a little sightless. So I walk Away on wheels, instead of legs, they serve as well. And learn to speak with fingers, not a tongue. The body is resourceful. The body of a starfish can grow back its arms And newts are prodigal in legs. And may I be As prodigal in what lacks me. The second voice is beautiful, not hopeless. The third voice is a wound. She leaves behind, the white skin after a bandage. Hospital beds, pats on back. Self administered and administration. Ministrations of [...]



    2. J’ai mis plusieurs mois à lire La Traversée et Arbres d’hiver et ce n’est pas pour rien: Sylvia Plath a une plume qui fait mal et ses excellents poèmes sont souvent assez perturbants. Sa façon de mélanger des thèmes plus ou moins légers et des rimes faciles à des sujets sombres et lourds (la trahison, le suicide, le regret d’avoir des enfants, la médiocrité de dieu et de la vie, etc.) rend la lecture… douloureuse. Des mois à alterner entre « aouch » et « wow ». Je n’ai [...]


    3. This slim collection contains poems by the late Sylvia Plath which were written during the last nine months of her life. They are hailed to be the most revealing and enigmatic of her works which document the simultaneous mourning and celebration of the human condition.It is hard to read a Plath poem without taking her life into consideration. While most poets write with pen and ink, you get a sense that Plath went one step further and wrote from the blood. Plath had a dark gift, a way of tapping [...]


    4. I hold my fingers up, ten white pickets.See, the darkness is leaking from the cracks.I cannot contain it. I cannot contain my life.




    5. I believe that these poems were not included in the Ariel collection, rather printed here in Winter Trees, although they were written at the same time. Each time I read any of these poems I am reminded of moments as a lover, a mother, and a female friend that I have felt emotions that are not easily admitted to. Not easily admitted to, and often difficult to put words to. Sylvia Plath puts words to these, sometimes clearly, directly, and sometimes in a watery, roundabout way. Winter Trees is an [...]


    6. Usually, when poetry is vague (intentionally or not) I find it difficult to enjoy let alone connect with and cherish. That wasn't the case here. Here, in this book, I know that there are so many things going on underneath the surface of each word that I could never fully grasp, but my inability to grasp at such things hasn't taken away from my experience. This poetry is beautifully written, because it's been deeply felt by its author and I think that's why I love it so much.


    7. Ick. Violent and disturbing, bitter words of women's angst, especially those who are fighting their own sexuality. She has talent, but unfortunately, it is turned to despair and paranoia and rejection.


    8. 'Three Women', and 'Lesbos' are standouts - perspective, building of a character in such short spaces'Mary's Song' is haunting.



    9. I don't understand half of her poems, and wonder how it is that I like her as a poet - and then I get to Three Women, and every single word is just perfect, and I GET IT.


    10. Bought this bilingual edition from France for a souvenir to improve my French, to get both versions to read side by side. "I am vertical" is my all time favourite Some of her poems are so heavy - I can feel the gravity of her eyelids.


    11. I'll be honest I couldn't completely comprehend what was going on a lot of the time but the last poem 'three women' really clicked with me.


    12. It's with a fair amount of shock that I discovered a poem or two in here that were not collected in The Collected Poems. When I did my thesis, the latter is all I based my work on, thinking it's a "collection" of all her work for starters, there's : Winter TreesThe wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.On their blotter of fog the treesSeem a botanical drawing-Memories growing, ring on ring,A series of weddings.Knowing neither abortions nor bitchery,Truer than women,They seed so effortless [...]


    13. Winter Treescontains several of my favorite poems written by Sylvia Plath. I'm not going to pretend to know a lot about poetry, so her poems make me want to learn more about what she meant. Some of her words make me cringe, and others leave me in awe. She asks questions, she makes exclamations, she ends poems with a simple thought-provoking line. "Apprehensions" and "Mystic," two of my favorites, start the collection. I enjoyed the visual imagery of "Three Women: A Poem for Three Voices." The sa [...]


    14. Excellent collection.I really enjoyed this collection of poetry by Sylvia Plath. I have read most of her work, and it gets better and better each time I read a new collection of hers, though it usually has ones I've read before. There's really not much else I can say. If you're a fan of Sylvia's, then read this collection of her work. You'll be glad you did. Cheers, and Happy New Year.


    15. Bon Je n'aime pas la poésie. Souvent les poètes me font l'effet de péter loooooin au -dessus de leur c*l. Si certains des poèmes de ce double recueil ont confirmé mon opinion (je pense à vous, pages avec 4 mots 1/2), d'autres ont demandé deux lectures, histoire de vraiment les apprécier. Une belle découverte, du coup.


    16. Quality Rating: Five StarsEnjoyment Rating: Four StarsMoan however much you like about Sylvia Plath and her dark and upsetting poetry, but this woman was a genius. Her writing is stunning and touches you in ways you can't predict. I have enjoyed other collections by her more, however 'Three Women' is absolutely amazing and the rest are still worth the read.


    17. "You smile.No, it is not fatal."-The Other"And there is no end, no end of it. I shall never grow old."-Gigolo"She'll cut her throat at ten if she's mad at two."-Lesbosto be beautiful and cold as snow


    18. On a big Plath kick. Not as awesome as Ariel, which is a perfect work in my opinion, though with gems here that could have easily been included in that collection. Many were included in the volume Plath intended to publish at the time of her death, for whatever reason Hughes had them removed.


    19. Winter Trees is the last collection of Sylvia Plath's poems before her death. Although she is not my favorite poet, Winter Trees is a must read for anyone who enjoys her poetry. My favorites: Brasilia & For a Fatherless Son.


    20. This is a difficult collection for me to review. I found many of her poems exceeding dark and somewhat esoteric. Others, I found to be brilliant. The poems, Three Women, are my favorites. I found myself reading them more than once. Those who enjoy poetry should read this book.


    21. I’ve just discovered Sylvia Plath in a review of two recent biographies published by The Economist. A powerful discovery. Excellent bilingual edition in the famous paperback « Poésie/Gallimard » series.




    22. Sylvia Plath has a way of writing words that make you wish you had never read them but you keep reading them anyways because you know they speak the raw, honest, truth.


    23. Read from cover to cover in an afternoon in a café. Because that seemed like the thing to do. And it was absolutely lovely.



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