Friday, November 28, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Among the Narcissi" by Sylvia Plath, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Poem of the Day for November 28, 2014 is "Among the Narcissi" by Sylvia Plath, Poet of the Month.  The text of the poem may be found here:  http://www.internal.org/Sylvia_Plath/Among_the_Narcissi.  A biography of Ms. Path and references may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-songs-of-eretz-poet-of-month-for.html.

William Carlos Williams was an acquaintance of Plath's and his influence on her poetry perhaps may be seen in "Among the Narcissi."  It could pass for a poem of the Imagist movement with its non-traditional choice of subject matter, precisely chosen words, and clear image.  The employment of narcissi (pictured), thought steeped in mythology, is not used for its mythological allusion, and offers a refreshing change in floral metaphor versus the outmoded rose.

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