Just re-watched a small portion of the movie Sylvia as I worked on a website. I wonder, why did this movie not get better reviews? Your thoughts? I thought Gwyneth Paltrow was brilliant (though maybe I’m biased). I found the movie beautiful and sad and poetic. Exactly what a movie about Sylvia Plath should be.

Did you see the movie? What were your thoughts? I know, it’s several years since the movie came out, but I stumbled into it again today.



The Moon and the Yew Tree
by Sylvia Plath

This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary
The trees of the mind are black. The light is blue.
The grasses unload their griefs on my feet as if I were God
Prickling my ankles and murmuring of their humility
Fumy, spiritous mists inhabit this place.
Separated from my house by a row of headstones.
I simply cannot see where there is to get to.

The moon is no door. It is a face in its own right,
White as a knuckle and terribly upset.
It drags the sea after it like a dark crime; it is quiet
With the O-gape of complete despair. I live here.
Twice on Sunday, the bells startle the sky –
Eight great tongues affirming the Resurrection
At the end, they soberly bong out their names.

The yew tree points up, it has a Gothic shape.
The eyes lift after it and find the moon.
The moon is my mother. She is not sweet like Mary.
Her blue garments unloose small bats and owls.
How I would like to believe in tenderness -
The face of the effigy, gentled by candles,
Bending, on me in particular, its mild eyes.

I have fallen a long way. Clouds are flowering
Blue and mystical over the face of the stars
Inside the church, the saints will all be blue,
Floating on their delicate feet over the cold pews,
Their hands and faces stiff with holiness.
The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
And the message of the yew tree is blackness – blackness and silence.

3 Comments on Sylvia

  1. Candice
    October 25, 2010 at 10:23 am (9 years ago)

    I adore that movie and also think it was incredibly well done. I think it had a hard time because her daughter fought the film so hard. I don’t know why the reviews would be bad; I think it so beautifully portrays Plath’s life (and Daniel Craig is amazing as Hughes – this was the first film I ever saw him in).

  2. Ker
    October 26, 2010 at 6:43 am (9 years ago)

    I haven’t seen it…. putting it on my netflix now though! I’ll let you know what I think after I see it!

  3. Kyra
    October 26, 2010 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    Yes, let me know! I happen to have loved the movie but I have a slight obsession with both Sylvia Plath and Gwyneth Paltrow so I may be super-biased.

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