Ariel is a set of poems written by poet Sylvia Plath and was originally published in 1965, two years after her death. The 1965 edition of Ariel consisted of menacing and dark imagery as opposed to the Plath’s more lighthearted and gentle Colussus poem.
Plath has noted Robert Lowell’s book Life Studies as being a huge influence upon her when she wrote this collection. Plath has also cited Anne Sexton for helping her to introduce darker themes to her poetry and introduce a sardonic deepness to her poetry.
Ariel was republished in 2004 and the edition also features a forward by Plath’s daughter, Frieda Hughes.