The Colossus and Other Poems by Sylvia Plath

GENRE: Poetry | PAGES: 84

My rating: ★★★★

I found the poetry of The Colossus absolutely haunting. I love how Plath can take something–like nature for instance like other poets have–but she instead shows us the darker, bleaker (more intense) side. There is such power in her words and she has never shied away from that which scares the rest of us. Her raw, unfiltered view of the world has me falling in love with her work all over again.

I do not feel quite as connected to this collection as I am with Ariel but there is no doubt of her brilliance. Her poetry is like a slow, night-time walk inside her mind and sometimes the things that lurk there are frightening; frightening but beautiful.

My favourite from this collection is Medallion.

 

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  Colossus

 

With this startling, exhilarating book of poems, which was first published in 1960, Sylvia Plath burst into literature with spectacular force. In such classics as “The Beekeeper’s Daughter,” “The Disquieting Muses,” “I Want, I Want,” and “Full Fathom Five,” she writes about sows and skeletons, fathers and suicides, about the noisy imperatives of life and the chilly hunger for death. Graceful in their craftsmanship, wonderfully original in their imagery, and presenting layer after layer of meaning, the forty poems in The Colossus are early artifacts of genius that still possess the power to move, delight, and shock.