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Sylvia Plath: Overview

VCE Literature Units 3&4

Source: Black, S. (2019). Poetry [Digital montage].

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Sylvia Plath | Introduction

Level 1 resource"Ariel, collection of poetry by Sylvia Plath, published posthumously in 1965. Most of the poems were written during the last five months of the author’s life, which ended by suicide in 1963. With this volume she attained what amounted to cult status for her cool, unflinching portrayal of mental anguish." (Britannica, n.d.)

Poems for study: ‘Morning Song’, ‘Sheep in Fog’, ‘The Applicant’, ‘Lady Lazarus’, ‘Tulips’, ‘Cut’, ‘The Night Dances’, ‘Poppies in October’, ‘Nick and the Candlestick’, ‘The Moon and the Yew Tree’, ‘Letter in November’, ‘Daddy’, ‘You’re’, ‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’, ‘The Munich Mannequins’, ‘Balloons’, ‘Kindness’, ‘Words’ (VCE Literature Study Design 2017–2020 for Units 3 and 4: Literature Text List 2019, p.5.)

Sylvia Plath | 50 Years of Ariel

Poetry Foundation logoLevel 2Podcast

”50 Years of Ariel”. Poetry Foundation Producer Curtis Fox explores the diverse world of contemporary American poetry with readings by poets, interviews with critics, and short poetry documentaries.
For more details, including an audio transcript, go to:


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In text citation: (Fox, 2016) or Fox (2016)
Bibliography / Reference list: Fox, C. (2016) [Audio podcast]. Illinois, Chicago, Poetry Foundation. Retrieved from

Sylvia Plath | Interview

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A 1962 English interview with Sylvia Plath.


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In text reference / citation: Plath (1962) or (Plath, 1962)
Bibliography / Reference list: Plath, S (1962). Interview with Sylvia Plath, [eVideo]. Retrieved from

Sylvia Plath | Biographies

Sylvia Plath, 27 Oct 1932 - 11 Feb 1963

Sylvia Plath. Source: Rollie McKenna (1959), Sylvia Plath [Gelatin silver print, gift of Rollie McKenna], National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C. Object number NPG.95.75

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Sylvia Plath | Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumAustralian Curriculum AlignmentThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Australian and / or Victorian curriculum outcomes.

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