A part of your revision of the Plath poems, you will each complete a presentation on one of the poems, next Thursday 5th October.
This should include key themes, quotations and detailed analysis of the poem. I expect you to also include some critical reading.
Assigned poems are:
Blackberrying – Anna
Sleep in the Mojave Desert – Kirsty
Arrival of the Beebox – Kyle
Two Campers in Cloud Country – Ben, Sophie
Wuthering Heights – Erin, Eliza
Winter Trees – Cailyn
Ariel – Kael, Catherine
“Sylvia Plath is a poet of landscape and seascape—but in several of her poems she transforms these landscapes and seascapes into unique and harrowing territories.”
How far do you agree? You should support your answer with evidence drawn from three or four of her other poems.
“The poet too often presents us with a view of the world which is bleak and lacking in any sort of consolation.” To what extent do you agree? You should refer to three poems.
Plan a response to ONE of these questions, which you will begin writing on Monday. Remember the feedback you received on your previous literary study response.
Another article on ‘Ariel’, to help us develop our understanding and analysis of this, the most complex poem we will study. Please read over this and add to your notes on the poem.
A close reading of Ariel
Please read and add to your notes on ‘Ariel’.
Ariel – notes1
Please read the attachment below for tomorrow’s lesson (Tuesday 19th September).
Summary and Analysis of Ariel
Please update the notes you already have with the annotations below.
Over the weekend, have a read of this article and make notes, focusing particularly on the poems and ideas we have discussed in class.
Sylvia Plath’s Psychic Landscapes
A guide on how you could go about structuring your notes, plans and responses for Textual Analysis and Literary Study. This could also be a handy approach to take for your dissertations.
Structuring Textual Analysis and Literary Study Responses