Sylvia Plath - The Collected Poems

Edited by Ted Hughes

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            Sylvia Plath (1932 - 1963) wrote books of poetry entitled The Colossus (1960) and arial (1965), the posthumous books of poetry Crossing the Water (1971), and Winter Trees (1972). She also wrote the novel The Bell Jar (1963). She was depressed and ended her own life.

            In 1981 her husband, Ted Hughes, edited and published Sylvia Plath -- The Collected Poems . The volume contains 288 poems and 352 pages. The book won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982.

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Mirror , by Sylvia Plath

I am silver and exact.	I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike
I am not cruel, only truthful --
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles.  I have looked at it so long
I think it is a part of my heart.  But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake.  A woman bends over me.
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
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