Analysis Sylvia Plath

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When students like me begin to study the works of Sylvia Plath, most of us tend to portray her as another raging poetess that we would have to study and because she eventually gassed herself to death at the young age of 30 in 1963, we have a further disinterest to analyse her writing. It is unfortunate that this tragic legacy has now overshadowed her profession because during that era of time in the 1950’s, her poetry was perceived as refreshing and countercultural. This was because, without ‘womanly’ modesty, she was able to eloquently express her mental anguish for her unsettled conflicts with her parents and her troubling marriage to Ted Hughes. I would like to believe she was the pivotal plight for the
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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. Hence, these erratic shifts in mood within the poem indicates Plath’s passionate resentment against people who find entertainment in demoralising actions rather than creativeness in her…show more content…
The poem is constructed in the form of three-lined stanzas called tercets which free versed so that Plath is able to wholeheartedly narrate with more emphasised emotion. The contains poem contains twenty-eight of these triplets which are also condensed and chopped to sound strident and imitate Plath spitting these words out in disgust. Although free versed, the rhythmic meter within Lady Lazarus renders to preserves your attention while reading the poem utilising rhymes and anaphora. Readers are able to tune in to this poem with perfect rhymes such as I have done it again. One year in every ten or I rise with my red hair, and I eat men like air and anaphora like I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. Thus, Plath manipulates the form of this poem and maintains readers’ attention with anticipated meter so that she is able to express her utmost despair that her audience are drawn to the attention of something much darker such as her revival from the

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