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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: August 2019

Chapter 15 - Plath and Art

from Part III - Cultural Contexts

Summary

Jane Hedley accounts for Plath’s descriptive and interpretive practice of poems that take art as their subject. Plath’s ekphrastic poems can be seen as interventions in a conversation with canonical predecessors from Keats to Auden, and can be traced not just to her deliberate study of art history, but to the studies she made as a visual artist, before she made the decision in young adulthood to concentrate on writing.