"I passionately hate the idea of being with it, I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time." -Orson Welles, US actor & director (1915 - 1985).
....Instead of subduing the poet, Sylvia Plath navigated The Bell Jar with the full throttle of her talent. The difference between writing poetry and stories is clear enough to see, but when entrenched in the process, it seems more foreboding and less clear...
Artists and writers are part of a heritage that pulses with insight, and shifts with complexities. All the while seeming to balance ones soul between lineage of kings, and bastard child.
Or as Rudyard Kipling wrote,
"If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same; "
The Bell Jar stands out to me because Sylvia the poet, became Sylvia the novelist. It was her memoir not of fact, but of emotion. Her strategic use of poetry transformed and elevated her novel. She cleared the road into a dark corner of heartbreak and retraced her steps with volume unmistakably magnified.
This is what we seek. The magnification of small words within us. But more than this, to know that small words hold weight.