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25th-Oct-2009 06:35 am - Fischer, Ani, Cobain, Art in General
this might be generally off-topic for the site, but I thought I'd post anyway. I've been thinking/reading/listen a lot about Larry "Wildman" Fischer lately after seeing the documentary about him on Sundance channel, and a lot of it put me in mind of Sylvia. I admit, only because I am such a big fan of hers.

But I wonder, in a lot of her poetry, are we acclaiming symptoms of her mental distress (as people in the 60's and 70's did with Fischer) or would there be legitimate value in, for example, the Ariel poems, had the world at large not been introduced to these works through her suicide ... in other words, how much of what we (and I, I fully admit it!) love about her work springs from mental illness, and how much from what we call "art"?

And lastly, isn't this a VERY important question when evaluating any piece of art/music/literature etc.? would Cobain be Cobain, but for his suicide, that is what I'm really getting at ...
I have a few thoughts I'd like to share with fellow Plath fans, regarding the whole Ted Hughes controversy and also regarding Sylvia's mental health.
cut for length, would love to discuss!Collapse )

Thoughts? I know the Hughes thing is a big debate amongst fans.

2nd-Sep-2009 03:08 pm - WWPD
Words Can Change the World
What would Plath do?

Or rather, what influenced Plath? It's actually something I think about a bit - Plath is a fantastic poet, and one of the most brilliant aspects of her work is just how literary it is.

Discovered Infloox on a stumbleupon, and wanted to share. Infloox is a site that checks the influences and "outflooxes" of writers.

Check out Sylvia Plath's page here. What's even better is that the entire site is collaborative, and you can add to it!
2nd-Aug-2009 11:44 am - The Bell Jar Pin
burning words
i thought i'd share with you one of my latest button creations. it's made from a vintage cover of The Bell Jar and is for sale in my Etsy shop! it says i have only one listed but in fact i can make many and will relist the item once it has sold.

by Scissokix!
15th-Jul-2009 09:58 pm - Hello Guys
Hey guys...I'm new here.

An admirer of the enigmatic work of Sylvia Plath and the woman herself.

I would like to make a request of the audiobook for 'The Bell Jar' if anyone has it as it is one of my most favourite books.

Thank you in advance.
30th-Jun-2009 09:57 am - Going to Plath's grave
Cheshire Cat
I'm in London at the moment and planning to visit Plath's grave soon. Does anyone have any tips (places to stay, etc) or suggestions for what else to do?
23rd-Jun-2009 12:00 pm(no subject)
Just a question: Does anyone like ted hughes? I seriously have a huge huge disliking for him.
I dont understand how he can even consider ever having put in two cents in about sylvia when he hurt her so much. I know Some people like him I'm sure but not many I hope.
2nd-Jun-2009 11:24 am - Bell Jar
I am a professor at Brown and I am working on preparing my fall course syllabus for a class I am teaching that is strictly only about Sylvia Plath (I am beyond ecstatic to be teaching this class) I was wondering if any of you have an ideas for questions/class discussions and or writing assignments based off of Bell Jar.... I have a few ideas brewing but would love outside ideas as well. Thanks so much!

-Lydia Stuart
15th-Apr-2009 10:20 pm - Help?
Could anyone here help me out by directing me to the origins of this Plath quote?
“Is there no way out of the mind?”
I've searched and searched, but so far only seen it quoted, without any indication as to where or when it was said / written, and in what context.
Much appreciated!
6th-Apr-2009 08:44 am - request
I hope this follows community rules, if nto please delete, but this quote or poem by Sylvia has been lingering in my mind and I cant find it anywhere so I was wondering if you guys could help me. It was talking about how there are two women in her, one that longs for a family and one that was a free spirit....it basically just talked about how there are two selves or two women in her and she was torn. I'm dying to find it and have searched all over the internet, Can anyone help me?
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