The Fires of Heaven and Hell: Sylvia Plath’s ‘Fever 103°’

From the birth of her daughter to a cut thumb, moments described in Sylvia Plath’s letters become those that enliven her poems. The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume II: 1956–1963 sheds new light on the composition of many of Plath’s Ariel poems. In the case of ‘Fever 103°’, Plath’s correspondence with Paul and Clarissa Roche…

The Power of Plath

‘Plath is most powerful when she explores what it means to be a woman in an unequal world – and this is why she is considered a feminist icon as well as a brilliant poet.’ Faber’s Sarah Savitt explains the enduring power of one of the twentieth century’s most revered literary figures. Last month I…