The Colossus and Other Poems

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Cover of the 1987 Faber and Faber paperback edition[1]

The Colossus and Other Poems is a poetry collection by American poet Sylvia Plath, first published by William Heinemann, in 1960.


The 44 poems presented here are in the published order[2]

  1. The Manor Garden
  2. Two Views of a Cadaver Room
  3. Night Shift
  4. Sow
  5. The Eye-mote
  6. Hardcastle Crags
  7. Faun
  8. Departure
  9. The Colossus
  10. Lorelei
  11. Point Shirley
  12. The Bull of Bendylaw
  13. All the Dead Dears
  14. Aftermath
  15. The Thin People
  16. Suicide Off Egg Rock
  17. Mushrooms
  18. I Want, I Want
  19. Watercolor of Grantchester Meadows
  20. The Ghost's Leavetaking
  21. A Winter Ship
  22. Full Fathom Five
  23. Blue Moles
  24. Strumpet Song
  25. Man in Black
  26. Snakecharmer
  27. The Hermit at Outermost House
  28. The Disquieting Muses
  29. Medallion
  30. The Companionable Ills
  31. Moonrise
  32. Spinster
  33. Frog Autumn
  34. Mussel Hunter at Rock Harbor
  35. The Beekeeper's Daughter
  36. The Times Are Tidy
  37. The Burnt-out Spa
  38. Sculptor
  39. Flute Notes from a Reedy Pond
  40. The Stones

Critical reception[edit]

Prominent journalist, poet and literary critic for The Observer newspaper, Al Alvarez, called the posthumous re-release of the book, after the success of Ariel, a "major literary event" and wrote of Plath's work:

"She steers clear of feminine charm, deliciousness, gentility, supersensitivity and the act of being a poetess. She simply writes good poetry. And she does so with a seriousness that demands only that she be judged equally seriously... There is an admirable no-nonsense air about this; the language is bare but vivid and precise, with a concentration that implies a good deal of disturbance with proportionately little fuss."[3]

Seamus Heaney said of The Colossus: "On every page, a poet is serving notice that she has earned her credentials and knows her trade." [4]


  1. ^ "The Colossus & Other Poems" at
  2. ^ Plath, Sylvia (1987) The Colossus Faber and Faber ISBN 0-571-09864-9
  3. ^ Plath, Sylvia. The Colossus and Other Poems, Faber and Faber, 1967.
  4. ^ Heaney, Seamus. "The Indefatigable Hoof-taps: Sylvia Plath." The Government of the Tongue. NY: Faber, 1988, p. 154.