When I saw this piece about the seven most essential poems by Sylvia Plath, I thought I'd share it with poetry readers and get your thoughts. I used to love reading Plath as a teen, as many teens do, and confess that I really haven't put much thought into it as an adult. When I revisit works like The Bell Jar I'm more annoyed than touched, even though the message is still clear; I suppose as a mom who simultaneously empathizes with Plath yet disdains many of her complaints it makes me feel ambivalent. The same goes, as it turns out, for some of her poetry, though other poems still resonate with me all these years later.
I'm all about symbolism, for example, but comparing men to the Halocaust doesn't seem fair--not to men, but to actual Halocaust victims and survivors. It's true that the patriarchy causes death and destruction, but I've been on the hating end of so much internalized misogyny lately that I have to question even that, even though I get that it, too, is a result of the patriarchy. But hey, anything that makes us think, right?
What do you think of Plath's poetry and her messages? I'd say I'm still a fan but not as deeply as I once was. Share your thoughts in the chat.