How Sylvia Plath's Life is Reflected in the Poems Daddy, Morning Song, and Lady Lazarus

How Sylvia Plath's Life is Reflected in the Poems Daddy, Morning Song, and Lady Lazarus

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How Sylvia Plath's Life is Reflected in the Poems Daddy, Morning Song, and Lady Lazarus

Sylvia Plath has had an "exciting" life, if I can use this word. Her
father died from an undiagnosed diabetes when she was eight. At the
same time, a short couplet that she wrote was published in the Boston
Sunday Herald. Later, she won scholarships to study in Smith, Harvard,
and finally Cambridge. There, Plath married Ted Hughes, who was a good
poet, too. What amazes me in her life is that she had attempted
suicide three times, once every ten years. In 1963, she succeeded in
killing herself as she gassed herself to death. In an outsider point
of view I always wonder how a woman with so much going for her would
want to end her life: though her husband's infidelity, she was
nevertheless successful--her poems appeared in various prestigious
newspapers and magazines, and she was even invited to teach English in
Smith College. Plath's death has been subject to unending analysis and
interpretation, framed by the kind of inquiry that usually guides
classroom literary discussions. What was Plath's intention? What did
her suicide mean? What did it reveal about her family, her society,
her time, her sex, herself?

Two years after her death, "Ariel" was published. This small book
includes Plath's poems written not long ago before her death. She
wrote about the crucial issues of her life, but she made outstanding
art from those issues. In foreword, Robert Lowell writes that "Though
lines get repeated, and sometimes the plot is lost, language never
dies in her mouth…Everything in these poems is personal, confessional,
felt, but the manner of feeling is con...


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... vampire probably suggests Otto Plath's study of parasites, "Muscid
Larvae of the San Francisco Bay Region Which Sucks Blood of Nesting
Birds", a study that documents the endurance, tenacity, and enormous
destructiveness of these larvae. This may also explain why Sylvia
Plath uses "Frisco Seal" in the first place: not only because there
are seals in San Francisco, but also because this is the place where
her father conducted his research on muscid larvae. The vampire here
also refers to Hughes, whose marriage with Plath had lasted for seven
years. At last, Plath decides to slay the two images which have always
haunted her peace of mind: "There's a stake in your fat black
heart/And the villagers never liked you./They are dancing and stamping
on you./They always knew it was you./Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I'm
through."

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