Poems 19561963

1 Conversation Among the Ruins 21 2 Winter Landscape, with Rooks 21 9 The Queen's Complaint 28 12 Song for a Summer's Day 30 C13 Two Sisters of Persephone 31 16 Tinker Jack and the Tidy Wives 34 20 Soliloquy of the Solipsist 37 21 Dialogue Between Ghost and Priest 38 24 Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper 41 Epitaph for Fire and Flower * 45 Ella Mason and Her Eleven Cats 53 On the Difficulty of Conjuring Up a Dryad 65 The Lady and the Earthenware Head 69 Perseus The Triumph of Wit Over Suffering...

Epitaph for Fire and Flower

To prevent fall, or anchor the fluent air In quartz, as crack your skull to keep These two most perishable lovers from the touch That will kindle angels' envy, scorch and drop Their fond hearts charred as any match. Mouth's instant flare for future looks Stars shoot their petals, and suns run to seed, However you may sweat to hold such darling wrecks Now in the crux of their vows hang your ear, Still as a shell hear what an age of glass These lovers prophesy to lock embrace Secure in museum...

Bitter Strawberries

All that morning in the strawberry field They talked about the Russians. Squatted down between the rows We listened. We heard the head woman say, 'Bomb them off the map.' Horseflies buzzed, paused and stung. And the taste of strawberries Turned thick and sour. Mary said slowly, 'I've got a fella Old enough to go. If anything should happen . . .' The sky was high and blue. Two children laughed at tag In the tall grass, Leaping awkward and long-legged Across the rutted road. The fields were full...

A complete list of poems composed before 1956

This alphabetical list includes all the poems Sylvia Plath composed before 1956. The texts of all but half a dozen of these early pieces are in the Sylvia Plath Archive of juvenilia in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. The rest are with the Sylvia Plath Estate. The bracketed date following certain titles indicates the year of composition, where it is known. An asterisk before a title indicates that it is included in the selection of fifty early poems printed above, p. 299. Dirge in Three...