The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath


While like an early summer plum,/
Puny, green, and tart,/
Droops upon its wizened stem/
My lean, unripened heart.

~Last stanza from “Jilted”.

After discovering a poem by Sylvia Plath called “Jilted” I have been a fan. Her poetry is good when it is slightly dark, unearthing truths about the human condition in a way that other poets have not been able to do. I wouldn’t say she’s my favorite—there are times when she comes off a little gimmicky because all the rhyming (not to totally discount poets that rhyme—I always say “If that’s your thing, then go for it!”)—but she occupies a comfortable spot in the top ten. This collection of her work is massive and great.

The following is a list of my 17 favorite poems from this collection (I tried to round it down to 15, but I just couldn’t):

  • Tale of a Tub (24)
  • November Graveyard (56)
  • Night Shift (76)
  • The Ghost’s Leavetaking (90)
  • Sculptor (91)
  • Aftermath (113)
  • Metaphors (116)
  • Stillborn (142)
  • Last Words (172)
  • Mirror (173)
  • The Rabbit Catcher (193)
  • For a Fatherless Son (205)
  • Nick and the Candlestick (240)
  • The Munich Mannequins (262)
  • Child (265)
  • Dirge for a Joker (302)
  • Jilted (304)

About evinhughes

I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University. I have a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a bachelors in Writing and Linguistics.
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One Response to The Collected Poems: Sylvia Plath

  1. iamdjamyla says:

    How I wish i could read that book. I can’t find any Sylvia Plath collection sold here in our country. Lucky you.


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