The Colossus and Other Poems is a collection of poems by Sylvia Plath
and was published in 1960 by Faber & Faber
(UK) and HarperCollins
(US). The copyright
is still held by Faber & Faber
(UK) & HarperCollins
The 96 page book is a wonderful taste of Sylvia Plath
's typical work. The collection is a comprehensive overview of her entire life's work. So, you get the entire idea of how she writes in this particular book.
"... Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,~Sylvia Plath
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other.
Thirty years now I have labored
To dredge the silt from your throat.
I am none the wiser.
Scaling little ladders with glue pots and pails of Lysol
I crawl like an ant in mourning
Over the weedy acres of your brow
To mend the immense skull-plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.
A blue sky out of the Oresteia
Arches above us. O father, all by yourself
You are pithy and historical as the Roman Forum.
I open my lunch on a hill of black cypress.
Your fluted bones and acanthine hair are littered
In their old anarchy to the horizon-line.
It would take more than a lightning-stroke
To create such a ruin.
Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
Of your left ear, out of the wind,
Counting the red stars and those of plum-color.
The sun rises under the pillar of your tongue.
My hours are married to shadow.
No longer do I listen for the scrape of a keel
On the blank stones of the landing."
The book also includes the following titles: