The Poetry of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath

  • by Diane Wood Middlebrook (Professor of English, Stanford University), Herbert Lindenberger (Avalon Foundation Professor of Humanities, Comparative Literature
  • 1 hrs and 54 mins
  • Speech

Publisher's Summary

Both Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath rose above severe mental disorders to create bold new directions for American poetry and share the woman's perspective in distinct, powerful voices. Professor Middlebrook, author of the best selling Anne Sexton: A Biography, sheds light on the unique and important contributions of these poets by examining 4 works: "Morning Song" and "Ariel" by Plath and "The Fortress" and "The Double Image" by Sexton. Her conversations with Professor Lindenberger and an audience further delve into the work and lives of these women, their friendship, and their tragic deaths.

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Bad sound recording

Up front, I will admit, I was expecting more straight poetry reading than commentary. However, this audible offering is mostly a lecture on the lives, learning, deaths, influences, and poetry analysis of Sexton and Plath. There was very little actual poetry.

However, my biggest complaint was with the audio quality. This sounds like an old and porrly done casset tape recording of a lecture a student took while in class, or a terrible phone connection on some radio show. In addition, the lectuer speaks very fast, stumbles of her words, sometimes says the wrong word and has to repeat. She also repeats statements and ideas and analysis more than once, which I find irritating.

Overall, not a good offering. If there is a sample available, I suggest listening to it before purchase.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Stanford Audio