Your Own, Sylvia

A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath

By Hemphill, Stephanie

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ISBN
978-0-37583-799-9 978-0-37593-799-6
Publisher
Knopf


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on March 1, 2007

Gr 8-Up Through a series of skillfully crafted poems, Hemphill has pieced together a collage of the life and work of the American writer. Arranged chronologically from Plath's birth to the month of her suicide, the poems are written from the points of view of people involved in her life. The voices of Plath's mother; her poet husband, Ted Hughes; and other intimates are interspersed w...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2007

Like legions of teenage girls, author Hemphill identified with the brilliant, beautiful, vulnerable, incandescent Sylvia Plath. In this fictionalized biography in verse, Hemphill channels that Sylvia, the romantic version teenage girls want: the one who gets both her art and the "big, dark, hunky boy" (as Plath described poet Ted Hughes in her diary). Things don't work out that way, as everyone knows, and the story ends tragically, with Plath gassing herself in her oven with her children asleep in the next room. Hemphill's verse possesses the same crystalline clarity as Plath's, the same relentless attempt to get to the heart of the matter—with all the words exactly right. The majority of the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Starred Review on January 1, 2007

In this fictionalized biography in verse, Hemphill channels the romantic version of Sylvia. The majority of the poems are putatively com...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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