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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath


Poet: Sylvia Plath

Dates: 27 October 1932 – 11 February 1963

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: Dark Wood, Dark Water

This wood burns a dark
Incense. Pale moss drips
In elbow-scarves, beards

From the archaic
Bones of the great trees.
Blue mists move over

A lake thick with fish.
Snails scroll the border
Of the glazed water

With coils of ram’s-horn.
Out in the open
Down there the late year

Hammers her rare and
Various metals.
Old pewter roots twist

Up from the jet-backed
Mirror of water
And while the air’s clear

Hourglass sifts a
Drift of goldpieces
Bright waterlights are

Sliding their quoits one
After the other
Down boles of the fir.


Brief Biography: Plath was a poet, novelist and short-story writer. She is credited with the advancement of the confessional poetry genre. Plath was married to the poet Ted Hughes.