Ann Skea on Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the Tarot

Ann Skea has finished her analysis on Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the Tarot.

Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the Tarot

"Sylvia Plath's Ariel and the Tarot. An analysis of Sylvia Plath's use of the Major Arcana of Tarot in Ariel: The Restored Edition."

Ann writes:

"For those of you who are interested in Sylvia Plath's poetry as well as that of Ted Hughes, I have now completed my analysis of the first twenty-two Ariel poems in the light of a Tarot journey.

Some of the poems have a very different meaning when looked at from a Tarot perspective, and I have concluded that guided by the Tarot book, The Painted Caravan by Basil Rákóczi, which Plath bought in 1956 and which shows signs of being well used (her copy is held in the Smith College Sylvia Plath Archives), she certainly used some of the Tarot cards as inspiration and she did order the Ariel poems to reflect the traditional Tarot journey of healing and enlightenment. However, since the poems were not written in the order of a Tarot journey, exactly how she went about using the cards is still a puzzle.

You can read the essay here.