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The Poetry of Sylvia Plath

1. The Rise of Confessional Poetry

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Lecture

In this module, we think about what it means to describe Plath as a writer of Confessional Poetry, focusing in particular on her poem ‘Daddy’ (1962)

Course

In this course, we explore the poetry of Sylvia Plath: first, we think about what it means to describe Plath as a writer of Confessional Poetry; after that we look at the themes of motherhood and love in Plath’s poetry; in the third module, we think in more detail about ‘Ariel’ (1965) before focusing in the last module on Plath’s engagement with contemporary politics.

Lecturer

Diane Purkiss is a Professor at Keble College, Oxford. She has published two books on the English Civil War - 'The English Civil War: A People's History' (2006) and 'Literature, Gender, and Politics during the English Civil War' (2005).

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Purkiss, D. (2018, August 15). The Poetry of Sylvia Plath - The Rise of Confessional Poetry [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-poetry-of-sylvia-plath/the-rise-of-confessional-poetry

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Purkiss, Diane. "The Poetry of Sylvia Plath – The Rise of Confessional Poetry." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://www.massolit.io/courses/the-poetry-of-sylvia-plath/the-rise-of-confessional-poetry