Recognizing that there are many legitimate ways to view Plath's work, this study doesn't claim a definitive reading or even a glimpse into the 'real' Sylvia Plath. Instead, the following exploration will focus on feminist and anti-feminist renderings of motherhood in Plath's Crosstng the Water, Ariel, and Winter Trees. This study doesn't set out to prove or disprove these labels as they relate to Plath either. My intention is not to make value judgments about various aspects of the poetry but rather to highlight the contradictions and the co-existence of feminist and anti-feminist qualities in the text.
"Heroine of the Peripheral: An Exploration of Feminism and Anti-feminism in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath,"
Augsburg Honors Review: Vol. 1, Article 1.
Available at: https://idun.augsburg.edu/honors_review/vol1/iss1/1