- Taschenbuch: 408 Seiten
- Verlag: Sfa Pr (6. Januar 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1622880641
- ISBN-13: 978-1622880645
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1: Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Januar 2015
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"A wonderful exploration of Plath's "Ariel "poems in relation to myth, symbol, and the creative process."--Kathleen Connors, author of "Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual "(2007, Oxford University Press)
"Lucid and intriguing... what is valuable about "Fixed Stars Govern a Life" is that it is such a great source study with commentary on what Plath read, what was happening at the time of the poem, and more. "--Carl Rollyson, author of "American Isis: the Life and Art of Sylvia Plath "(2013, St. Martin's Press)
"Like her beloved Yeats, Sylvia Plath was drawn to numerous and often contradictory systems of belief and ways of knowing, including mystical and magical systems. Julia Gordon-Bramer, in her dazzling and meticulously researched book, shows us how Sylvia Plath may have drawn upon the images of the tarot to fuse and merge the many ways of knowing she was so profoundly inspired by--myth, science, current events, folklore, alchemy, literature, motherhood, art and other sources to create the poems in Ariel, one of the great literary achievement of the 20th century. In doing so, Julia Gordon-Bramer illuminates, expands on, and asks profound questions about the very nature of making and creating poems."--Catherine Bowman, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award for Poetry, the Dobie Paisano Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, four Yaddo Fellowships, and author of The Plath Cabinet (2009, Four Way), and other collections.
"A wonderful exploration of Plath's Ariel poems in relation to myth, symbol, and the creative process."--Kathleen Connors, author of Eye Rhymes: Sylvia Plath's Art of the Visual (2007, Oxford University Press)
"Lucid and intriguing... what is valuable about Fixed Stars Govern a Life is that it is such a great source study with commentary on what Plath read, what was happening at the time of the poem, and more. "--Carl Rollyson, author of American Isis: the Life and Art of Sylvia Plath (2013, St. Martin's Press)
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Although it was informative and interesting to learn about each of these mirrors, some of the information began to feel overwhelming at times. Some of the poems did not delve in as deep in terms of alchemical discussion, mythology, or history, while others were associated with much more information and symbolic possibilities. I appreciate all of these details, but there were, at times, so many details that it became difficult to focus on the actual poem itself.
Overall, this text offers something I've never read before and gives a refreshingly new perspective on Plath and her work.
The author re-interprets each poem embedded in larger patterns of mysticism and human experience, and reflected in six 'mirrors' or areas of knowledge: Tarot/Qabala, alchemy, mythology, world history/current events, astrology/astronomy, and arts/humanities. Plath's references to so many ideas that seem distantly related are somewhat overwhelming at first, and as a self-described skeptic I went back and forth between 'this can't possibly be true' and 'this can't possibly be coincidence' several times for some of them. But with study and re-reading, a large majority of these correspondences have won me over and have been admitted to my own mental hearth, where I watch in fascination as they spin correspondences of their own. If this is indeed the first book to explore the mysticism of "Ariel", it is a groundbreaking tour de force.
Even though the author usually explains possibly unfamiliar new concepts as she refers to them, I hope that future editions will include an index; it was easy to forget where in the text I had found similar or complementary ideas so that I could cross-reference one with another. Perhaps the index will appear with the second volume, as this is only Volume 1, relating the first 22 poems in "Ariel" to the Major Arcana of the Tarot.
Fixed Stars Govern a Life is an amazing book because it takes a completely different look at Plath's Ariel poems. By now who'd have though a new way of looking at Ariel was even possible? What's surprising is perhaps why nobody has looked at these poems through the lens of the occult and mysticism before, since Plath herself (as well as Hughes) were so interested in these things. Julia Gordon-Bramer takes each of the 22 first poems in Ariel and looks at them very closely through various "mirrors" (she uses the Kabbalah, Tarot cards, Alchemy, Mythology, History, Astrology, and the Arts) and what she reveals is quite unbelievable.
This is a very well-written and well-researched book, and must have taken a long time to complete, it is dense with information and at times reads like a mystery. I usually devour books, but this one you really have to take time with and think. Have your copy of Ariel (the restored edition) nearby while reading. I'd say this is a necessary book to anyone interested in Plath and her distinctive Ariel voice.