This week for my Top 10 Tuesday I am up to #5 in my top 10 authors list, and it’s gotta be Sylvia Plath. What can I say about Sylvia that hasn’t already been said? She was brilliant. Esther Greenwood of the Bell Jar was the perfect protagonist for me, I felt like there was a lot there for me to relate to. And then there is her poetry; she is my favourite poet by a long shot and I continue to be in awe of her writing each time I read it.
Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.
-final stanza from Lady Lazarus (1962)
I have a few copies of Sylvia’s work along with a number of biographies that were written about her in the years following her suicide in 1963. I love the little Pocket Poet’s Edition (Everyman’s Library) the most, it’s a slim volume and contains a large cross-section of her work. I also love The Colossus, and the revised Ariel (presenting the poems in Plath’s intended order, not the order that Hughes put them in when the collection was first published in 1965) as well as the Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath (again, the original release was edited heavily by Hughes).
It took me a long time to discover Plath, but once I did she became like my spirit animal.