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Sylvia Plath: Poems Study Guide

by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath: Poems study guide contains a biography of poet Sylvia Plath, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis of select poems.

Most of the work featured in this study guide comes from Plath's two major poetry collections – The Colossus and Other Poems (1960) and Ariel (1965). However, there are several others that date from either her early days at Smith College or the period between the publication of the two major volumes. Plath's poetry, along with the novel The Bell Jar, has situated her as one of 20th century literature's most formidably talented and fiercely imaginative writers. It is difficult to summarize the poems, as many of them suggest multiple meanings, but nonetheless, each has a particular topic that can help to differentiate between them.

The earliest poem discussed here is "Cinderella," a retelling of the fairy tale. Plath's adaptation focuses on…

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