The author shows how Plath's remarkable lyric dramas define a
private ritual process. The book deals with the emotional material
from which Plath's poetry arises and the specific ritual
transformations she dramatizes. It covers all phases of Plath's
poetry, closely following the development of image and idea from
the apprentice work through the last lyrics of Ariel
critical method stays close to the language of the poems and
defines Plath's struggle toward maturity.
Originally published in 1979.
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