Sylvia Plath Reads ‘Daddy’

This astonishing short film in which Sylvia Plath reads her poem ‘Daddy’ comes as quite a surprise. Not only does she sound quite unlike I imagined–she could have stepped right out of The Philadelphia Story–but her delivery of the poem is remarkably accomplished. Poets are not always the best readers of their work, but Plath’s own reading is tremendously complex and fragile, for all its force and coldness:

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