Your Own Sylvia
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath
Your Own Sylvia
Stephanie Hemphill
On a bleak February day in 1963 a young American poet died by her own hand, and passed into a myth that has since imprinted itself on the hearts and minds of millions. She was and is Sylvia Plath and Your Own, Sylvia is a portrait of her life, told in poems.With photos and an extensive list of facts and sources to round out the reading experience, Your Own, Sylvia is a great curriculum companion to Plath's The Bell Jar and Ariel, a welcoming introduction for newcomers, and an unflinching valentine for the devoted.

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  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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What better way to write about a poet than to use poems? That is exactly what Stephanie Hemphill does in her response to Sylvia Plath's work. Using voices of Sylvia's husband, Ted Hughes, her friend, Anne Saxton, and her teacher, Robert Lowell, Hemphill writes poems to and about Sylvia. Her welcoming images invite young readers to share her connection with the poet who captured her attention in high school.

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