[Reading] ➻ Your Own, Sylvia By Stephanie Hemphill – Thomashillier.co.uk


  • Hardcover
  • 272 pages
  • Your Own, Sylvia
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • English
  • 27 October 2018
  • 037583799X

10 thoughts on “Your Own, Sylvia

  1. says:

    I don t feel like this book is deserving of Printz Honor To write about a poet s life in a form of a series of poems from POV s of people around Sylvia is an interesting exercise, but the final product itself is not satisfying Stephanie Hemphill is just not that great of a poet Her best poems in this book are those that are direct imitations of Plath s own works I caught myself wanting to read Sylvia s poetry rather than Hemphill s Other poems are written in free verse with no rhythm or rhy I don t feel like this book is deserving of Printz Honor To write about a poet s life in a form of a series of poems from POV s of people around Sylvia is an interesting exercise, but the final product itself is not satisfying Stephanie Hemphill is just not that great of a poet Her best poems in this book are those that are direct imitations of Plath s own works I caught myself wanting to read Sylvia s poetry rather than Hemphill s Other poems are written in free verse with no rhythm or rhyme and pretty much are the usual fare for reluctant readers with short attention spans rather than actual inspired poetry However Your Own, Sylv...


  2. says:

    This book is extraordinary I have limited shelf space and even when I love a book, it usually goes right out the door as a gift to someone else when I m done reading For example recently I adored THE HUNGER GAMES, gave it five stars here, raved about it but as I compare my reaction to that book with my reaction to this one, well, I happily gave HUNGER GAMES away upon completion, but YOUR OWN, SYLVIA, I will keep and reread And the book is also going to send me right back to Sylvia Plath This book is extraordinary I have limited shelf space and even when I love a book, it usually goes right out the door as a gift to someone else when I m done reading F...


  3. says:

    So good So, so, so good I thought I would be at a disadvantage because shame on me BA English, MS Library Science all I knew about Sylvia Plath was that she wrote poetry, wrote something called The Bell Jar which I was fairly certain now confirmed was depressing, and that she killed herself This book, however, is a great introduction into the world of Sylvia Plath The author took true events from Sylvia s life and wrote fictionalized accounts of them in verse it makes sense when you see So good So, so, so good I thought I would be at a disadvantage because shame on me BA English, MS Library Science all I knew about Sylvia Plath was that she wrote poetry, wrote something called The Bell Jar which I was fairly certain now confirmed was depressing, and that...


  4. says:

    Being an avid reader of online discussions, articles, and interviews regarding feminism, I stumbled upon the name Sylvia Plath several times Because of this, I picked up The Bell Jar as I wanted to find outabout this ever important authoress of the 20th century Unfortunately, I did not get far ahead into the book I hope to be able to read it next year When we were assigned to ...


  5. says:

    Written in the style of Plath s most notable work, Hemphill creates a series of original poems influenced by and chronicling the Pulitzer prize winning poet s childhood until her untimely suicide in 1963 Thorough research as illustrated by the use of footnotes illuminates the various themes and issues which arose in Plath s poetry Hemphill avoids turning the work into a stale biography by using various individuals point of view those who were closest to Sylvia as the voice for half of Written in the style of Plath s most notable work, Hemphill creates a series of original poems influenced by and chronicling the Pulitzer prize winning poet s childhood until her untimely suicide in 1963 Thorough research as illustrated by the use of footnotes illuminates the various themes and issues which arose in Plath s poetry Hemphill avoids turning the work into a stale biography by using various individuals point of view those who were closest to Sylvia as the voice for half of the poems in the volume Similarly, each point of view has an associated, unique form of poetry with which to identify the point of view , from traditional rhyming couplets toabstract free verse, enabling thi...


  6. says:

    Whoo hoo Today it won a Printz Honor I just finished this last week, and if I had read this last year a few days ago at this point it would have definitely been on my 2007Favorites shelf It was hard to get ahold of in libraries, though, and my hold was just filled a few days ago Hopefully it ll win awards later this month and becomewidely available YES It did It s an extremely balanced and wonderfully researched look at Plath s tumultous life I had only read THE BELL JAR, and s Whoo hoo Today it won a Printz Honor I just finished this last week, and if I had read this last year a few days ago at this point it would have definitely been on my 2007Favorites shelf It was hard to get ahold of in libraries, though, and my hold was just filled a few days ago Hopefully it ll win awards later this month and becomewidely available YES It did It s an extremely balanced and wonderfully researched look at Plath s tumultous life I had only read THE BELL JAR, and ...


  7. says:

    The element of Your Own, Sylvia which I appreciated the most was its accessibility Each poem is contextualized with a date and narrator at the beginning and followed by an author s note explaining details of Plath s life relevant to the poem Particularly after reading Wintering, a prose novel about Sylvia Plath which relies on the reader to interpret complex allusions based on their previous knowledge of her life, it was refreshing to have the author guide me through this collection It also g The element of Your Own, Sylvia which I appreciated the most was its accessibility Each poem is contextualized with a date and narrator at the beginning and followed by an author s note explaining details of Plath s life relevant to the poem Particularly after reading Wintering, a prose novel about Sylvia Plath which relies on the reader to interpret complex allusions based on their previous knowledge of her life, it was refreshing to have the author guide me through this collection It also greatly enriched the experience, since Hemphill s research is thorough and insightful if you re interested in learning about Sylvia Plath but don t want to read a straight biography, I d definitely recommend chec...


  8. says:

    Interesting and creative Not my favorite poems, but they still painted a picture about Sylvia Plath and I learned a bitabout her.


  9. says:

    I found nothing impressive in this collection I ll admit that I learned stuff about Sylvia Plath and her family, but those things I read in the lengthy footnotes which explain every little thing so that every ounce of ambiguity would be flushed down the toilet This isn t a poetry collection or even an insightful point of view it s an essay written by a die hard fan The poems themselves are dull, uncreative, and contrived They were all one style save for the poems that are imagining Sylvia I found nothing impressive in this collection I ll admit that I learned stuff about Sylvia Plath and her family, but those things I read in the lengthy footnotes which explain every little thing so that every ounce of ambiguity would be flushed down the toilet This isn t a poetry collection or even an insightful point of view it s an essay written by a die hard fan The poems themselves are dull, uncreative, and contrived They were all one style save for the poems that are imagining Sylvia Plath in the style of Plath s masterpieces The ...


  10. says:

    An interesting and engaging exploration of the life of Sylvia Plath I did not find the Hemphill s verse sparkled as much in this as in some of her other work, but it was readable and interesting A good example is Sylvia , spoken by Assia Wevill, Ted Hughes s mistress for the last part of Ted and Sylvia s marriage She is poetry,that...


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Your Own, Sylvia On A Bleak February Day In 1963 A Young American Poet Died By Her Own Hand, And Passed Into A Myth That Has Since Imprinted Itself On The Hearts And Minds Of Millions She Was And Is Sylvia Plath And Your Own, Sylvia Is A Portrait Of Her Life, Told In Poems.With Photos And An Extensive List Of Facts And Sources To Round Out The Reading Experience, Your Own, Sylvia Is A Great Curriculum Companion To Plath S The Bell Jar And Ariel, A Welcoming Introduction For Newcomers, And An Unflinching Valentine For The Devoted.


About the Author: Stephanie Hemphill

Stephanie Hemphill s first novel in poems, Things Left Unsaid, was published by Hyperion in 2005 and was awarded the 2006 Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children s Literature Council of Southern California Her second novel, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath, Your Own, Sylvia was published by Knopf in March 2007 A third novel in verse for teens, Wicked Girls, a verse st Stephanie Hemphill s first novel in poems, Things Left Unsaid, was published by Hyperion in 2005 and was awarded the 2006 Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children s Literature Council of Southern California Her second novel, a verse portrait of Sylvia Plath, Your Own, Sylvia was published by Knopf in March 2007 A third novel in verse for teens, Wicked Girls, a verse story of the Salem witch trials, will come out from Hyperion in the spring of 2009 Stephanie received an SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in Poetry and chaired the PEN Award s Children s Literature Committee She has been writing, studying and presenting poetry for adults and children for many years at UCLA, the University of Illinois where she received an award from The Academy of American Poets , with Writers at Work and at conferences across the country Stephanie lives in Los Angeles