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    Plath Poems: Edge and Wintering

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    1. When Ted Hughes published Sylvia Plath's book of poetry, Ariel, he did not adhere to Plath's intended order and inclusion of poems, had she lived to see the collection into print. Instead, in 1965, Hughes rearranged the poems and replaced fourteen poems with thirteen others of his own choosing. The first poem of the collection, "Morning Song," remained the same, so the book began with a journey, albeit, in this case, a journey where love survives after a long, tumultuous path. In Plath's version of the book, the final poem was to be the poem about bees, "Wintering." However, Hughes' published version of the book ends with a poem about suicide, "Edge." Click on the links below to read the two poems:
    If Ariel represents a journey, what statement is made about the fulfillment of the journey / the journey's end if "Edge" ends the book? What if "Wintering" ends the book? Cite at least two specific lines from each poem to serve as examples (for a total of four examples) to support your view.

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    On one hand, if Ariel represents a journey, I infer that a highly existential statement about the fulfillment of the journey if "Edge" ends the book. Since "Edge" mirrors Plath's own fate with "The woman is perfected. Her dead body wears the smile of ...

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    The ending of Sylvia Plath's book of poetry, Ariel, is briefly debated by dissecting themes in "Edge" and Winter." 100 words of notes are used to justify.