Tag Archives: Sylvia Plath

How to Break All the Rules and Be a Better Poet for It: Sing-Song Rhyme

by Poetry Editor Zach Mattteson “Sing a song a sixpence, a pocket full of rye– four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie…” Rule: Avoid sing-song/heavy rhyme! Correction: Rhyme is arguably older than poetry itself and serves numerous functions, including … Continue reading

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Prompt: “The 30 Minute Villanelle”

Hey PRISMers!! Today, we’re diving deep into formal poetry to challenge you to write a villanelle. Originally an old French form, sung by madrigals, the villanelle has since evolved its own dynamic English tradition. Poets such as Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth Bishop, … Continue reading

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Rare Readings: Sylvia Plath Edition

The following rare poetry recordings take us inside the world of Sylvia Plath. In the recording below, Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes discuss their work and their relationship as it was in 1961. (For more information about this recording, visit … Continue reading

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Rare Readings: Poetry Edition

The following rare poetry recordings span an approximate 70-year time period, from about 1890 to 1960, and include three of the greatest poets of all time. From the scratchy and barely audible “America” to the crisp, clean sounds of Sylvia’s … Continue reading

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