Manage episode 273517203 series 1134188
Sylvia Plath's early poem "Two Lovers and a Beachcomber by the Real Sea" shows her already working at an extremely advanced level in poetry. This poem is always read as some sort of debate between reality and the imagination. And I hesitated on it for months because I was trapped in that academic expertise. But the poem is actually an imaginative and even ironic engagement with the world, a gorgeous piece of craft from a young poet already at the top of her game.