Hardback Published on: 06/05/2010
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Blisteringly Powerful and Poised to Perfection
I rarely re-read books these days, but Plath has been on my mind in recent weeks and this beautiful hardback edition was too good to resist. Having bought ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley


The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel, including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963.

'If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded . . . They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity . . . the book is a major literary event.' A. Alvarez in the Observer

This beautifully designed edition forms part of a series with five other cherished poets, including Wendy Cope, Don Paterson, Philip Larkin, Simon Armitage and Alice Oswald.

  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • ISBN: 9780571259311
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Weight: 177g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 6 mm

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Beyond beautiful
Ariel is beyond beautiful from the outset. The language that Plath employed is deeply meaningful, without being trite. It has a simplicity to it that allow... READ MORE
Joy Finlayson
A delicious and dangerous collection.
A delicious and dangerous collection and one that constantly provokes a strong reaction. If you are considering purchasing this collection as a fan of Plat... READ MORE
The Most Abstract Poet of the 20th Century
I had to study Plath's Ariel for college work but instantly fell in love with her writing style. Incredibly imaginative, heavily inspirational. She is one ... READ MORE
Gloriously Menancing Poetry
Plath's writing style was incredibly imaginative, heavily inspirational, holding echoes of deep sadness. Her poetry contains free-flowing images and charac... READ MORE
The Happy Reader
sarah bakewell