Sylvia Plath’s Recovery of Selfhood in Ariel – ‘Medusa’

Written in the weeks leading up to Plath’s suicide, Ariel is characterised by a desire to restore her broken self through death, and often, rebirth. A foreboding presence lurks over Plath’s final collection,  a desperation to shed her skin and recover a new identity. Tim Kendall claims that the Ariel poems are ‘poems of becoming rather than being….

Sylvia Plath’s Recovery of Selfhood in Ariel – ‘Getting There’

Written in the weeks leading up to Plath’s suicide, Ariel is characterised by a desire to restore her broken self through death, and often, rebirth. A foreboding presence lurks over Plath’s final collection,  a desperation to shed her skin and recover a new identity. Tim Kendall claims that the Ariel poems are ‘poems of becoming rather than being….

Sylvia Plath’s Recovery of Selfhood in Ariel – ‘Tulips’

Written in the weeks leading up to Plath’s suicide, Ariel is characterised by a desire to restore the broken self through death, and often, rebirth. A foreboding presence lurks over Plath’s final collection,  a desperation to shed her skin and recover a new identity. Tim Kendall claims that the Ariel poems are ‘poems of becoming rather than being. Their…

The Dark Side of Writing: Should we Swear in Literature?

‘Reading literature remains a civilising activity, no matter that it’s literature in which people do and say abominable things and the author curses like the very devil’ – Howard Jacobson. I read the above in an article from The Guardian recently, in which Jacobson was discussing Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, amongst other texts. The jist…