Using a postfeminist, poststructuralist approach, the author offers a new study of Sylvia Plath's life and work that rejects the standard myths of Plath as Doomed Poet and Deprived Woman. Bassnet demonstrates that the many voices and contradictions in Plath's poetry and life negate attempts by critics to achieve a definitive reading of her work.
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Adele King Adrienne Rich ambiguity Ann Sexton Ariel Aurelia Plath baby become Bell Jar Bible of Dreams birth child colossus connotations critics dark daughter David Holbrook dead death describes despite Disquieting Muses early poems Electra Esther Eva Figes experience Faber and Faber father feelings female feminist figure final heart husband I-speaker ideal imagery Johnny Panic Journal kind Lady Lazarus language last line last poems later letters home linked living London Lyonnesse male Margaret Uroff marriage married Mary Kinzie metaphor moon mother Muse myth novel nuclear October pain pattern poems written poet problem prose reader references relationship rhyme Robert Graves second verse seems sense speaker stanza story Suzanne Juhasz Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath's poetry Sylvia Plath's writing symbol Ted Hughes third verse Three Women tulips Voice White Goddess wife winter woman women writers words wrote yew tree