The poems in Sylvia Plath´s Ariel, including many of her best-known such as ´Lady Lazarus´, ´Daddy´, ´Edge´ and ´Paralytic´, were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath´s first book, The Colossus, and her death in 1963.
´If the poems are despairing, vengeful and destructive, they are at the same time tender, open to things, and also unusually clever, sardonic, hardminded . . . They are works of great artistic purity and, despite all the nihilism, great generosity . . . the book is a major literary event.´ A. Alvarez in the Observer