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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath


Poet: Sylvia Plath

Dates: 27 October 1932 – 11 February 1963

Nationality: American

Title of Poem: A Sorcerer Bids Farewell To Seem

I’m through with this grand looking-glass hotel
where adjectives play croquet with flamingo nouns;
methinks I shall absent me for a while
from rhetoric of these rococo queens.
Item : chuck out royal rigmarole of props
and auction off each rare white-rabbit verb;
send my muse Alice packing with gaudy scraps
of mushroom simile and gryphon garb.

My native sleight-of-hand is wearing out :
mad hatter’s hat yields no new metaphor,
and jabberwock will not translate his songs :
it’s time to vanish like the cheshire cat
alone to that authentic island where
cabbages are cabbages; kings : kings.


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.