The Bell Jar

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar

by Sylvia Plath

 

 

 

 

This is a poem by Sylvia Plath included after the book

Mad Girl's Love Song

I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least then spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

 

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I really wish I had read this book when i was depressed. I could have related so much more to Esther's character.

i felt that Sylvia Plath was sharing a part of herself in this book and i really couldn't separate Esther from Sylvia in my mind.

a very powerful beautifully written novel.

 

I tried not to think about Plath committing suicide as I read the book, but it was there.

 

This is one of those books that everyone should read.

 

" I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am. "