Ariel (Plath) Summary

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  • 7 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (7)

354 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Eleanor Ross Taylor There is a pervasive impatience, a positive urgency to the poems [in Ariel]…. This makes for speed and excitement as you read, but on subsequent readings o... Read more
1,360 words, approx. 5 pages
Critical Essay by Alicia Ostriker Reading The Colossus and Ariel … on the assumption, perhaps perverse but useful for analysis, that the poetry has nothing to do with the suicide and must be ap... Read more
869 words, approx. 3 pages
Critical Essay by Arthur K. Oberg The poems in Ariel have succeeded almost too well. Their restless intelligence and agonizing, ordered intensity have marked them too tellingly. They are now in danger... Read more
962 words, approx. 4 pages
Critical Essay by Helen Vendler In [the poems collected in "Crossing the Water"] written between 1960 and late 1961 and antedating "Ariel," the poet plays Pygmalion to her ... Read more
734 words, approx. 3 pages
Critical Essay by Francis Hope There are several bad reasons for admiring [Ariel], and they are intricately involved with the good ones. The poems conform exactly to a stereotyped contemporary idea: t... Read more
471 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Robert Lowell [In the poems of Ariel], Sylvia Plath becomes herself, becomes something imaginary, newly, wildly and subtly created—hardly a person at all, or a woman, certainl... Read more
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In the following essay, Wagner draws attention to the complexity of Plath's poetry in Ariel which, as the critic notes, invokes archetypal imagery and the paradoxical portrayal of suffering as ... Read more