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Sylvia Plath: Poems Lesson Plan

Introduction to Sylvia Plath: Poems

This selection of Sylvia Plath’s work includes the following 22 poems:

“Metaphors” (1958)
“The Colossus” (1959)
“Full Fathom Five” (1958)
“A Life” (1960)
“The BeeKeeper’s Daughter” (1959)
“Morning Song” (1961)
“The Applicant” (1962)
“Lady Lazarus” (1962)
“Tulips” (1961)
“Cut” (1962)
“Ariel” (1962)
“Nick and the Candlestick” (1962)
“Daddy” (1962)
“You’re” (1960)
“Mirror” (1961)
“Sheep in Fog” (1963)
“The Munich Mannequins” (1963)
“Child” (1963)
“Totem” (1963)
“Contusion” (1963)
“Edge” (1963)
“Words” (1963)

This represents a wide range of her poetry, excluding the less impressive early “juvenilia” phase of her work and instead beginning with 1958’s “Metaphors.” The selection includes poems from her first...

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