Poet: Sylvia Plath
Dates: 27 October 1932 – 11 February 1963
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.