Revising Life

Revising Life

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'Provides a compelling argument for Plath's revision of the painful parts of her life--the failed marriage, her anxiety for success, and her ambivalence towards her mother. . . . The reader will feel the tension in the poetry and the life.'Choice '[Examines] Plath's twin goals of becoming a famous poet and a perfect mother. . . . This book's main points are clearly and forcefully argued: that both poems and babies require 'struggle, pain, endless labor, and . . . fears of monstrous offspring' and that, in the end, Plath ran out of the resources necessary to produce both. Often maligned as a self-indulgent confessional poet, Plath is here retrieved as a passionate theorist.'--Library Journal Susan Van Dyne's reading of twenty-five of Sylvia Plath's Ariel poems considers three contexts: Plath's journal entries from 1957 to 1959 (especially as they reveal her conflicts over what it meant to be a middle-class wife and mother and an aspiring writer in 1950s America); the interpretive strategies of feminist theory; and Plath's multiple revisions of the poems.The fathera#39;s death and abandonment now prefigure the husbanda#39;s defection; Hughesa#39;s unavailability for retribution echoes her ... What we can infer from the poem is not an accurate portrait of either Otto Plath or Hughes but Platha#39;s sense of her role as orphaned daughter and as ... girl with an Electra complex ... has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of ita€), yet it reveals a darkeranbsp;...

Title:Revising Life
Author:Susan R. Van Dyne
Publisher:Univ of North Carolina Press - 2000-11-09


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