Sylvia Plath was deeply attuned to the poetry of Shakespeare. His work offered her an emotional scope, a trove of verse techniques, a bottomless vocabulary, a stunning range of tones (both comic and tragic), the felt presence of classical themes, and an insistence on the primacy of drama. Accordingly, we will be looking at some Plath poems through the Shakespearean lens to see how she seized upon his plays as an aid to creating poems that were brief yet powerful dramas. Any poet with ambition yearns to reach the phenomenal eloquence Shakespeare represents. Plath not only had that ambition, she worked deliberately and intuitively at making that eloquence her own.
Macbeth, The Tempest, Antony and Cleopatra, Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
“Ariel,” “Full Fathom Five,” “Daddy,” “Death & Co.”, “Lady Lazarus, ” “Elm,” “Thalidomide,” “Winter Trees,” “The Applicant,” “Fever 103” by Sylvia Plath
Led by Baron Wormser and Jeanne Marie Beaumont
Location: The Writing House, 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, VT
Date: April 16-17, 2016, 9am to 3pm
Limited to six participants: first come, first served
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