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Sylvia Plath collection of nine very early - Plath, Sylvia - 1946. [1198617]
No Publisher - Collection of typescripts of nine early poems - the earliest dated 1946 when Plath was a mere 14 years old - comprising: 1"Ice Age", of thirty-six lines, in two sections, beginning "All, all is freezing over:/ mouths of spring." and "All, all is freezing over:/ no april thaw.", typed name and Smith College address at head, marked in pencil "45"; 2 "In Memoriam", of sixteen lines, beginning: "The spring is green and silver.", marked in pencil "7" [dated by Hughes to 1946]; 3 "Incident", of twenty lines, beginning: "He called one day and asked her.", typed at head "Sylvia Plath Eng. 347b", marked in pencil "98/2"; 4 "I Have Found the Perfect World", of forty-six lines (or part-lines), beginning: "You are secure in the assumption that I am ignorant.", marked in ballpoint at the head "1948"; 5 "Have You Forgotten?", of twenty-one lines, beginning: "Do you remember that we walked.", typed at head: "Sylvia Plath/ Age 15/ Wellesley, Mass.", marked in pencil "19a"; 6 "Humoresque", of twenty-eight lines, beginning: "Never let them say of me.", typed at head: "Sylvia Plath (age 16)/ Wellesley, Mass.", marked in pencil "56"; 7 "Gone is the River", of sixteen lines, beginning: "The heat of the noonday.", one word deleted by Plath, marked in pencil "38a"; 8 "Sonnet: Crossing the Equinox", beginning: "Late the summer green, and gaunt the sea.", with autograph revisions to the fourth and eighth lines, headed "Sylvia Plath, Age 21/ Lawrence House/ In Smith College/ Northampton, Mass.", marked "21/2" in pencil; 9 Gold Mouths Cry', here entitled "The Bronze Boy", comprising fourteen lines, beginning: "Gold mouths are crying with the young.", with an autograph revision in the ninth line, with typed name and Haven House address, marked in pencil "90"Of the early poems in general Ted Hughes writes in his edition of Sylvia Plath's Collected Poems (1981): 'At their best, they are as distinctive and as finished as anything she wrote later on. They can be intensely artificial, but they are always lit by her unique excitement. And that sense of a deep mathematical inevitability in the sound and texture of her lines was well developed early on. And one can see here, too, how exclusively her writing depended on a supercharged system of inner symbols and images, an enclosed cosmic circus. As poems, they are always inspired high jinks, but frequently quite a bit more. And even at their weakest they help chart the full acceleration towards her final take-off' (p. 16). Nearly all are listed by him in his checklist of early work, with variant manuscripts or typescripts being in the Plath Archive at the Lilly Library; the present typescripts deriving from the sale of her estate (Sotheby's, New York, 6 April 1982). The present group pre-date the black summer of 1953' and her first suicide attempt.The last poem, "The Bronze Boy", is among the fifty printed by Hughes in Collected Poems, although under the title Gold Mouths Cry' and in a substantially different version. Ours starts: "Gold mouths are crying with the young/ Certainty of the bronze boy who stands/ naked in the garden; who lately sung/ Of how eternity lay in his hands."; as against the published version: Gold mouths cry with the green young/ certainty of the bronze boy/ remembering a thousand autumns.'. The last poem in the group, "Sonnet: Crossing the Equinox", is headed "Sylvia Plath, Age 21/Lawrence House/In Smith College.". This dates the typescript to between February 1954, when she returned to Smith after her suicide attempt, and her twenty-second birthday on 27 October 1954. The poem was however published (presumably in an earlier version) by the National Poetry Association anthology America Sings: Anthology Of College Poetry in 1952.Photographs of all 10 leaves available on request [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
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