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….

Ruth Dugdall on ‘The Woman Before Me’, Twisted Plots and Human Psychology

When Dugdall’s book was first published in 2010, it sold 40,000 copies, surpassing the expectations of both its publishing house and its author. With no broadsheet coverage, the book had sold primarily through word of mouth. On October 31st of this year, the title is being re-released, complete with a new cover, additional chapter, mini-essay…

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 Woman Before Me: A Review

Following an invitation on Twitter to read and evaluate books for independent publisher Legend Press, I’ve opted to post book reviews on my blog. In exchange for an honest review of their most recent publications, I get a free book, which, being a student, is always a bonus. Seems like a win-win situation to me, so…

Literary Lunacy: The Suffering of Great Minds

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.” – Edgar Allen Poe Ever heard the saying about there being only a thin line between a genius and a madman? Well in the case of a vast amount of my favourite writers, it’s not far wrong….

Is Writing the Right Thing to Do? Why we write and what it means.

‘A writer of story books? What kind of a business in life, – what mode of glorifying God, or being serviceable to mankind in his day and generation, – may that be?’ In The Scarlet Letter, Hawthorne uses these words to describe the attitudes of men towards writers. With regards to fiction, some scientifically-minded people…

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…

The Wonderfully Weird Mind of Mari Ellis

Howdy! Since I have 16 followers already, I thought I’d better get my first blog post up and update you all! (Blogging is also a great way to avoid revision…) Other ways to avoid what I’m supposed to be doing which have proved effective today have been: Digression of this very nature Staring at the wall…