Sylvia Plath

The thirty year anniversary of Plath’s death has been marked by the release of a number of essays, books and even a short film. Yesterday we read Elm in class. The language and the intensity of the poem are unforgettable. This twenty-three minute film is worth watching if Plath’s poetry interests you. Lady Lazarus Film



Sonnet 116 by William Shakespeare


My brother is reading this Shakespeare sonnet at my wedding a week today.


Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

Bright Star

Bright Star

Here’s what Keats wrote on a blank page in his copy of the The Poetical Works of William Shakespeare. He transcribed the last draft of ‘Bright Star’ into the book in late September 1820 while he was aboard the ship the ‘Maria Crowther’. He was sailing to Rome where he died the following year, February 1821.