Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" In her poem, “Lady Lazarus,” Sylvia Plath uses dark imagery, disturbing diction, and allusions to shameful historical happenings to create a unique and morbid tone that reflects the necessity of life and death. Although the imagery and diction and allusions are all dark and dreary, it seems that the speaker’s attitude towards death is positive. The speaker longs for death, and despises the fact the she is continually raised up out of it. From the title, Plath gives us immediately the theme of the poem. The title is a reference to a man in the New Testament that had been dead for four days, and was raised to life by Jesus.
The Grinning Reaper: Death and Black Comedy in As I Lay Dying In William Faulkner’s world, what is often portrayed as morbid can also be taken as tongue-in-cheek by the reader, especially when it comes to his most beloved and troubled clan, the Bundren family. Throughout the novel, the Bundrens are beset by numerous, unfortunate burdens on their journey to bury their nine-day-dead mother, most of which find the reader both wincing and giggling at the same time. I will be using the new critical approach for my paper, which treated literary texts as autonomous and divorced from historical context in order to bring the focus of literary studies back to the analysis of the texts. New Critics also intended to exclude the reader's response, the author's intention, cultural and historical frameworks, and moralistic bias from their analysis. Through New Critical analysis, readers can discern how different themes in the work come together to complete the novel as a whole; in this case, the theme of black comedy plays a large role in controlling the otherwise dark moments in the novel, creating a spectrum of emotion that completes the experience of the reader.
Next, in the first line of the poem, “I have done it again” (1), suggests disappointment and sadness in this woman’s life. This first statement therefore, brings the ... ... middle of paper ... ... tone of the speaker through her attitude. In conclusion, Plath’s exercises various poetic devises that emphasize the attitude towards death by the speaker. Diction as a poetic devise shows though the choices that Plath makes in the selection of her words to depict the unenthusiastic tone of the poem. Then, the next poetic devise used is imagery, which was the most affective devise because of the vivid images the audience can imagine in their own minds.
As Plath is using this poem as her personal forum to release her emotions, she also provides her audience with a look of her artistic style. She creates a poem that will enthrall the reader using mediums like vague material such as stanza two (2): “Daddy, I have had to kill you. You died before I had time- Marble-heavy, a bag full of God, Ghastly statue with one gray toe Big as a Frisco seal.” She also uses quite a bit of repetition to emphasize her points. A repeated word tend... ... middle of paper ... ...n lines 71-73: “If I’ve killed one man, I’ve killed two- The vampire who said he was you And drank my blood for a year.” This passage eludes that she may or may not have actually killed her husband and in doing so conquered her father in a sense. Nevertheless, it demonstrates her dark perspective of her marriage in describing her husband as a vampire that continually tortured her.
The tone throughout the poem is generally sombre to support her bitterness about the crowd’s reaction to her revivals. The persona is portrayed as not maudlin but rather detached and impersonal with the tone in the first three stanzas beginning as subtle and almost echoing. Deliberately, the poem from the line Peel off the napkin in the fourth stanza onwards suddenly unsheathes a critically scornful tone reflecting Plath’s cynical mockery on her resurrection as she darkly describes her body deteriorating flesh that The grave cave ate. Plath even sarcastically questions readers if this resurrected appearance terrifies them in last line of stanza four. The tone continues to modulates to a more hysterical mood where she accusingly comments on her audience’s adulterated amusement in her big strip tease and Shoves in to see her hypothetical show and observe Them unwrap me hand and foot, in the ninth and tenth stanza.
This issue as well as the controversial use of Holocaust imagery by Sylvia Plath may be resolved with quoting here her own words, which explain who the speaker is : The poem is spoken by a girl with an Electra complex. Her father died while she thought he was God. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyze each other—she has to act out the awful little allegory once before she is free of it. The daughter “Barely daring to breathe or Achoo” (5) addresses the memory of the father with increasing rage which contribute to impression that the poem is out of control.
Dark melancholic thoughts such as in ‘The Dogs Are Eating Your Mother’ where Hughes says “I buried her where she fell” shows his bitter sadness. Thoughts such as these battle against bright love, as they both shape and affect each other, competing in a mutual and dynamic way. The poetry collection produced by Plath at the time. ‘Ariel’ may be a source allowing further understanding of the relationship. Within her poem ‘Lady Lazarus’, Plath presents herself as a “phoenix” stating “I eat men like air”.
The poem "shooting stars" by Carol Ann. Duffy is characterized by a constant use of imagery that helps the reader understand the oppression and conflict represented in the Holocaust. The poem is from the point of view of a woman that died and was a victims of the Nazis, and makes the public relive and comprehend the time of suffering of the Jewish by Hitler in order to accomplish his final solution, in order to make the readers feel sorry for them. The first stanza opens up by saying "after I no longer speak", which suggest that the speaker of the poem passed away. The use of "I" gives the reader a personal perspective from speaker, that helps make the poem more personal.
The beautiful young daughter, Rachel, who is stabbed in the back by her sister and father, demands more detail; how deeply did this deception affect her? Through imagery, use of detail, and figurative language Akhmatova begins to op... ... middle of paper ... ...tegrating as her legs were stuck to the ground. The last stanza despairs that that no one mourned the death of this woman who dies for the love of her home and emphasizes that women like Lot’s wife should not be forgotten. Masterfully, Anna Akhmatova takes three flat women from the pages of the Bible and paints their deepest emotions. These three women deserved to have their inner hearts revealed, and delicately, Akhmatova justifies them to her readers.
Plath shows through her repetition that death has a lasting impact on those left behind. Her yearning and despise for her father is felt through pain in the vivid imagery. This loss is transported to other relationships “I made a model of you, a man in black... ... middle of paper ... ...r towards something more sinister. Here the woman is given the status of wife by society but is unable to exercise it within herself, rendering her without a personal identity. Through their poems Plath and Frost have given the reader an insight into the feelings of loss.