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Sylvia Plath's Last Words

- Sylvia Plath's use of blank verse and simile in "Last Words", along with iambic pentameter and hexameter creates a picturesque view of how she visualizes her ideal burial. The use of simile, in comparison to various subjects in the poem, paint a vivid picture of what Plath is trying to convey. Plath states, "I should sugar and preserve my days like fruit" (Plath, line 10). Another good example is, "I do not trust the spirit. It escapes like steam" (Plath, line 15). It is all in reference to her ultimate death....   [tags: Poetry]

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Plath’s Daddy - Plath as a Weak Feminist

- Plath as a Weak Feminist in Daddy Plath's innate emptiness and emotional constraint comes , I believe, from her lack of male encouragement and her according need for domination. This streams from the untimely death of her father at 9. In this poem Plath alludes to her relationship to her father with an emphasis on his German background and identity. In this way she comments on him in contradicting terms, firstly, as a divine figure: "..A bag full of God", towering over her in a seemingly totalitarian way....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Stylistic Devices in Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

- Stylistic Devices in Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath uses a diverse array of stylistic devices in "Lady Lazarus," among them allusion, apostrophe, extended metaphor, and irony, in order to develop the speaker as a character. Those three poetic devices are particularly evident in lines 65-79 of"Lady Lazarus." In the New Testament of the Bible, Lazarus is a man who rises from the dead at the command of Jesus Christ (John 11:38). The title of this poem, "Lady Lazarus"(the "Lady" without a doubt referring to Plath herself, as this is an example of confessional poetry; the "Lazarus" being an allusion to the biblical figure) is an accurate indicator of the content of the poem....   [tags: Papers]

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The Sow by Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plaths poem, Sow, depicts a beast of mythic proportions through various images, comparisons, and specific word choices. By presenting the sow from both the point of view of its owner, neighbor, and of the speaker, Plath paints a vivid picture of farmyard decadence that the reader can relate to. The first three stanzas present an image of neighbor as a secretive, but shrewd farmer. He is shrouded in mystery to the narrator and her companions, as is his great prize-winning sow, impounded from public stare....   [tags: Poem Poetry]

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Plath’s Stings – An Analysis

- Plath’s Stings – An Analysis “Stings” is a feminist poem by Sylvia Plath. The last two stanzas are important in understanding Plath’s feeling while writing the poem. In lines fifty-one through sixty the speaker conveys that, although she may have been a drudge before, she will not be one any more. She refuses to submit to society and be a hard working drudge. The speaker believes she is more than that — perhaps even a queen: “They thought death was worth it, but I have a self to recover, a queen.” The speaker in the poem realizes that she has the potential to be a queen, and she didn't want to give up on that dream....   [tags: Stings Essays]

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Imagery in Sylvia Plath's Poetry

- Imagery in Sylvia Plath's Poetry Sylvia Plath employs vivid imagery and a reminiscent tone to convey her feelings of grief, guilt, and disdain the day she first visited her father's grave, and the devastating effects his death had on her. Plath addresses the poem to her deceased father, of whom she harbors a deep daughterly love for, along with a bitterness created when he seemingly abandoned her and her mother when he died. Several times throughout the poem, Plath conveys how she feels as if her father's death had killed her as well....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Feminism in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Feminism in The Bell Jar In Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel The Bell Jar, the reader learns of the adventures of a young woman in a male-dominated society that will not let her achieve her true potential. Plath's alter ego, Esther, is thus driven to a nervous breakdown and attempts suicide numerous times. In many ways, this novel is a feminist text, centered around the struggles of a young woman who cannot reach her goals in our male-dominated society. People close to Esther, do not accept her talents as a poet and writer, but rather try to push her into traditionally more feminine roles....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Mirror, by Sylvia Plath

- Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror” is a sad expression of a woman’s perception of her own self-worth based primarily on her outward appearance and her inability to come to terms with her aging. The work utilizes the literary devices of personification, imagery, and symbolism, to emphasize the poems theme of human vanity and the subsequent fear of aging. Plath personifies the mirror who as a first person narrator takes on two forms. The first being that of a manufactured mirror which at the opening of the poem states “I am silver” (Line 1) which alludes to the silvering process used in the production of commercially produced mirrors....   [tags: Self-Worth, Aging, Appearance]

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Pain in Slyvia Plath's Poetry

- The pain the poet experiences during and prior to the creative process results in blood flood, which is the release and birth of words, the relentless stream of poetry. The poet bleeds the poems. They will not keep still inside. Out they run and run... Plath frequently relates and compares the blood and thrill of birth of poetry to childbirth: the child forces its way out in the world, screams for delivery, just as words will keep torturing the poet and will not leave her calm unless they gush forward and amalgamate in poems....   [tags: Poetry]

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Plath’s Daddy Essays: Language in Plath’s Daddy

- Language in Plath’s Daddy The speaker of "Daddy" might be seen as our collective inner child, the voice of a world that has "fallen a long way." There is an implied gain in the poem -- of catharsis, liberation -- but "Daddy" is fundamentally a poem about loss. The speaker has finally and irrevocably disabused herself of the notion of a "recovered" childhood, the dream of "the waters off beautiful Nauset." There is no going "back, back, back" to some illusory idyllic existence, no way to make whole that "pretty red heart": the first oppressor in this poem is the unrealized past ("You died before I had time--")....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays]

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tulips by slvia plath

- “Tulips” The poem “Tulips” written by Sylvia Plath is a poem that uses extremely vivid language and detail. The poem is called “Tulips”, although tulips play a minor role in the poem. This poem is more about the observation of tulips then it is about actual tulips. At one point it almost feels as if she is jealous of the “Tulips”. She writes in the first person and has a very original structure. The poem is a easy read but intriguing at the same time. This poem is about a person whom might have been injured in a battle of some kind or a war....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Plath’s Daddy Essays: Allegory in Plath’s Daddy

- Allegory in Plath’s Daddy   In her poem "Daddy", Plath artfully intermixes the "factually" true with the "emotionally" true. There are scraps of her own life here, but the poem is much bigger than that, and goes beyond the face-value interpretation that is it nothing but a self-indulgent literary vengeance spree. Daddy works on both a biographical/personal level for Plath, but also on an allegorical level as well. I see this poem as a dual testament to Plath's (and all women's) struggle against male power, authority, influence, etc....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays]

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Ester's Search in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Ester's Search in The Bell Jar “I couldn’t stand the idea of a woman having to have a single pure life and a man being able to have a double life, one pure and one not” (Plath 66). Ester is against the conventional attitude of what a woman’s place in society is and expresses this in a number of ways throughout the book. Ester tells us her views on the sexual relationship between a man and a woman, motherhood, and the kind of career that is considered practical. Ester’s view on purity is described in the above quote, and as a result she feels the need to lose her virginity....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]

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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Stings

- Lady Lazarus and Stings Sylvia Plath's works are known for their extremes. Much of the influence of her poems came from the males in her life that had the most effect on her; her father, Otto Plath and Ted Hughes, who she married and later it fell apart when Ted began having an affair. The effects of these men on her were mostly negative, making her poems to have loathing and suffering. Otto Plath published a book about bees early in Sylvia's life, and he kept bees, which was an n activity later carried on by his daughter....   [tags: Lady Lazarus Essays]

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Plath’s Daddy Essays: Loss and Trauma

- Loss and Trauma in Plath’s Daddy In addition to the anger and violence, 'Daddy' is also pervaded by a strong sense of loss and trauma. The repeated 'You do not do' of the first sentence suggests a speaker that is still battling a truth she only recently has been forced to accept. After all, this is the same persona who in an earlier poem spends her hours attempting to reconstruct the broken pieces of her 'colossus' father. After 30 years of labor she admits to being 'none the wiser' and 'married to shadow', but she remains faithful to her calling....   [tags: Daddy Essays]

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Analysis of Stings by Sylvia Plath

- In lines 51-60 of “Stings,” imagery, allusion, and antithesis are employed by the author, Sylvia Plath, to develop her attitude towards men. In this section of “Stings,” Plath uses the “queen bee” as a symbol of herself -- a fiery, angry, vengeful daughter who rises up in spite of the man (her husband Ted) described in lines 38-50. Because much of Plath’s work is confessional poetry, it can be analyzed not only by her use of poetic devices but by her personal history as well. This poem was written on 21 May 1962, the day after a weekend visit by some friends of the family, the Wevils....   [tags: Stings Essays]

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Mirror by Sylvia Plath, 789-790.

- Mirror by Sylvia Plath, 789-790. Why Silvia Plath wrote a poem about a mirror. Sylvia Plath was born on 27 October 1932, at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital. She was an excellent student in high school. Her first poem appeared when she was eight. Once graduated from high school, She entered Smith College in 1950 on a scholarship. On 24 August 1953, she attempted suicide swallowing sleeping pills. Sylvia was readmitted to Smith College for the spring-semester 1954 after receiving electro shock therapy treatment for her recovery....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Shock of Sylvia Plath's Daddy

- The Shock of Plath’s Daddy “Daddy” is one of the most highly anthologized poems of Plath's (along with "Lady Lazarus"). It is a notorious poem, the one once compared to "Guernica" by George Steiner. The imagery and audaciousness of it still shock, so much so that I don't even know if it is being taught or anthologized or taught any more; it is almost as if the critical world has had its say on it and has moved on, either to other poems in Ariel, or to other books altogether, such as The Colossus or Crossing The Water....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays]

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A Biography on the Life of Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her parents were Otto and Aurelia Plath. Plath's father, Otto, immigrated to America from Germany when he was just sixteen years old. He wanted to study ministry at the Northwestern College, which was a small Lutheran school. According to his wife, Aurelia, Otto changed his ambitions because he didn't feel a true "calling" for the ministry. He received a master of the arts from Washington University, and the doctor of science from Harvard....   [tags: American Literature]

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Imagery in "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath

- In ‘Daddy’, Sylvia Plath utilises a vast quantity of emotionally powerful - and in some areas, sharply contrasting - imagery. The poem holds the theme of resentment and anguish, mixed with the desperation to understand, and share affection. It is, on many levels, identifiable to Plath’s own life, and it is this, laced intricately amongst a plethora of shocking and deeply emotive imagery regarding Nazism, persecution and evil, that gives the poem the strength and meaning that has enabled it to become a classic of literature....   [tags: Poetry Analysis]

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Sylvia Plath: A Poet

- Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Plath’s mom met her soul mate while she was a master’s student at Boston University. Sylvia’s mom’s name was Aurelia Schober, and her dad’s name was Otto Plath. When Sylvia was only 8 years old, her father died from problems with diabetes. Her father was very strict and mean. Sylvia’s father’s death and strict authority was the reason for all her poems and stories. She specifically wrote a poem about her father, “Daddy”. Sylvia was always driven to succeed in life even in her early years as a child....   [tags: Suicide, Depression]

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Mirror by Silvia Plath

- Mirror Essay “Mirror” is a disturbing poem that exemplifies the tension of inner and outer beauty, as well as the feminine problem of aging and losing one’s glamour. In the poem, Plath is a mirror that is personified. The first stanza starts by describing the mirror as “silver and exact.” The poem goes on saying, “I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.” This means that the mirror forms no judgments, but instead swallows what it sees reflecting that image back without any alterations....   [tags: poetry, appearence, beauty]

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Biography of Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath lived in a time where once a woman got married, she was expected to drop all of her career ambitions and become a housewife for her husband. A young woman was expected to marry a rich and successful man, even if she did not really love him. Everything a woman did was for status in society. Plath, often regarded now as a feminist, had faced these problems in her own life and they had even caused her to become clinically depressed. She had ideas of her own such as becoming a famous poet or even becoming an editor and did not want to drop all of it for a man....   [tags: writer, career, passion]

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Confessions and Conflict in Sylvia Plath's Daddy

- As is true of many Sylvia Plath’s poems, “Daddy” is deeply ingrained in her life experiences. It emphasizes her complex, multidimensional relationship with Otto Plath and the traumatic effect of his death. The speaker despises her late father for his abandonment, yet attempts to achieve independence from this figure who causes much pain and suffering. Through this poem’s structure, themes, and imagery, we can see the development of this constant internal struggle. The speaker in “Daddy” is largely negative and anxious about her predicament....   [tags: poem analysis]

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Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia Plath

- Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath uses her poem, Daddy, to express deep emotions toward her father’s life and death. With passionate articulation, she verbally turns over her feelings of rage, abandonment, confusion and grief. Though this work is fraught with ambiguity, a reader can infer Plath’s basic story. Her father was apparently a Nazi soldier killed in World War II while she was young. Her statements about not knowing even remotely where he was while he was in battle, the only photograph she has left of him and how she chose to marry a man that reminded her of him elude to her grief in losing her father and missing his presence....   [tags: Papers]

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Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus

- “Harsh” and “brutal” are adjectives not often used when speaking of poetry. Be that as it may, there simply are no other words for Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus”. Readers can be, and often are, repulsed by the gruesome imagery (“Soon, soon the flesh/The grave cave ate will be/At home on me”) and offended by the numerous references to the Holocaust (“A sort of walking miracle, my skin/Bright as a Nazi lampshade). Plath’s aggressive metaphors are difficult for many first time readers as are the themes of death, resurrection and vengeance....   [tags: Hamline critical essay]

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Metaphors Analysis in Sylvia Plath's Poem

- Metaphors Analysis in Sylvia Plath's Poem In Sylvia Plath’s poem, Metaphors, she uses striking imagery to explore her ambivalent attitudes about pregnancy. For example, she uses a negative metaphor saying she is an elephant, meaning she thinks that she has become very fat since she got pregnant. On the other hand, she uses a positive metaphor saying the baby is precious, meaning although pregnancy has its down sides it has got a few good sides like the baby. The number nine features a lot throughout the poem....   [tags: Papers]

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Role of Food in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

- The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is rich with an array of motifs, all which serve to sustain the novel’s primary themes. A motif particularly prevalent within the first half of the novel involves food, specifically Esther Greenwood’s relationship with food. This peculiar relationship corroborates the book’s themes of Esther’s continuous rebirthing rituals, and of her extreme dissatisfaction. The interrelation with food functions in two distinct manners: literally and figuratively. This analysis will concentrate on the figurative role of food in The Bell Jar, and how it denotes Esther’s overall state....   [tags: The Bell Jar]

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Revenge and Hatred in Sylvia Plath's Daddy

- Revenge and Hatred in Plath's Daddy The power of Plath's Daddy to threaten, shock and move the reader remains undiminished, years after it was written. To the unsuspecting reader, the experience of first reading "Daddy" is a confusion of discomfort, excitement and guilty pleasure, for the pleasures of revenge are said to be sweet, and this is a revenge poem of the first rank. Revenge upon whom. Father. Perhaps, more likely, upon her husband. And her aim was true, for if anything Plath wrote damaged Ted Hughes for posterity, "Daddy" is it....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy]

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Comparative Analysis of Ariel by Sylvia Plath and The whitsun Weddings by Phillip Larkin

- ... Both The Applicant and The Whitsun Weddings present marriage as a societal norm and a process that is executed in a similar fashion by most individuals without question. A Birthday Present is thought to be referring to an affair that Ted Hughes (Plath’s husband) had. An Arundel Tomb explores the potential misrepresentation of a relationship between an earl and countess in the 1500s; it also explores the damaging effects of time on a relationship. The Applicant portrays marriage as an enrolment process (seemingly a job interview) whereas Larkin uses The Whitsun Weddings as a means of documenting the relationships or rather, the marriages that he witnesses around him....   [tags: Marriage, Society]

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The poems of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes Tell the Story of Unendurable Lives

- The poems of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes tell the story of the lives that have become unendurable. In the 1950’s women were expected to behave in a certain ways. The poems written by both Plath and Hughes revels the effects of the ideology domesticity 1950’s Britain, on how women were expected to act. Plath’s marriage was a very stressful ‘on the edge’ relationship. The poem ‘The applicant’ reflects how much women were viewed as objects. One quotation supporting this is ‘do you wear, A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch?’ this shows that women had to be perfect for a man, as if you could buy them....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis, poets]

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The Gothic Writings of Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath has been one of the literary world’s most controversial figures in the past century, celebrated as well as panned by literati for her enigmatic work. She is well known for the brutality and suffering apparent in the morbid world of her poetry. The prominent poet and critic, Al Alvarez, claimed that the Ariel poems “manage to make death and poetry inseparable” and Charles Newton described Plath as “courting experience that kills.”1 However, in spite of the immense scholarship dedicated to her, the examination of the gothic features in her work has been neglected and as such, this essay will focus on the gothic world of Sylvia Plath....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poem Analysis, Poet]

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Plath’s Daddy Essay: Clusters of Images

- Clusters of Images in Daddy Imagery in literature provides the writer with an instrument for establishing a viewpoint or perspective. The author can use an unlimited amount of symbols, similes, and metaphors that produce an atmosphere for the reader to visualize the story effectively. In the poem "Daddy," written by Sylvia Plath, the author utilizes numerous clusters of images to represent the fury and wrath of a crazed woman haunted by her father's frightening and domineering disposition....   [tags: Plath Daddy Essays]

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Women's Fight Against Social Convention in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Ariel

- Women's Fight Against Social Convention in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Ariel "Ariel" is the title poem from Sylvia Plath's controversial collection of poetry written during the last few months of her life in 1963. The traditional gender roles of 1960s America promoted a double-standard and wrongly imposed upon women the idea of a "Happy Housewife Heroine" who cherished "the receptivity and passivity implicit in (her) nature" and was "devoted to (her) own beauty and (her) ability to bear and nurture children" (Friedan, 59)....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Ariel]

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Gaining Freedom from Male Oppression in Sylvia Plath's "Daddy"

- Plath's poem "Daddy" describes feelings of oppression from childhood and conjures up the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society. The conflict of this poem is male authority versus the right of a female to control her own life and to be free of male domination. This poem starts out describing her struggle as one that has been unresolved because she was just a child when her father died. "Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died before I had time / Marble-heavy, a bag full of God," (lines 6-8)....   [tags: Poetry]

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Truth, Illusion, and Examination in Sylvia Plath's The Mirror

- Truth, Illusion, and Examination in Sylvia Plath's The Mirror           Who would be so pretentious as to suggest that they were "silver and exact," and that they "have no preconceptions?" Poet Sylvia Plath dares to "meditate on the opposite wall" in her poem The Mirror to reveal to her reader some of her own insecurities, the theme of this, and several other of her poems. The poet does some introspective exploration in both stanzas; the two carefully intended to 'mirror' each other. It is her use of private or contextual symbolism, her use of symbols to create an atmosphere of truth versus illusion, and her design of the mirror to symbolize her inner-self that make this poem such a vehi...   [tags: Sylvia Plath Mirror Essays]

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Comparing Plath's View on Motherhood with You're and 'Morning Song

- Comparing Plath's View on Motherhood with You're and 'Morning Song In Plath's poetry she is very depressed about her life but when you look at the poems, 'You're' and 'Morning Song' you get a new view on her life. These poems are about her opinion and feelings on motherhood and are her only positive poems that we have studied so far. Morning song is when Plath writes about her new baby daughter and how she feels towards her and 'you're', is a celebratory poem about approaching motherhood....   [tags: Papers]

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Sylvia Plath's Poem Daddy

- Sylvia Plath's Poem "Daddy" Overbearing fathers who dominant their children’s lives dispose of comfort and security and instead cause irreversible damage. Sylvia Plath writes about her own experiences dealing with her authoritarian father in “Daddy.” In this poem, Plath utilizes literary devices like allusion, child-like diction, and dualistic organization to communicate her bitterness in this theme of resentment and scorn. Plath’s usage of allusion calls the reader to bring their own knowledge to the poem....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Poetry Poem Essays]

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Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar - Feminist Thought

- The Bell Jar  - Feminist Thought The Bell Jar   This autobiographical novel by Sylvia Plath follows the story of Esther Greenwood, a third year college student who spends her summer at a lady's fashion magazine in Manhattan. But despite her high expectations, Esther becomes bored with her work and uncertain about her own future. She even grows estranged from her traditional-minded boyfriend, Buddy Willard, a medical student later diagnosed with TB. Upon returning to her hometown New England suburb, Esther discovers that she was not selected to take a Harvard summer school fiction course, and subsequently starts to slip into depression....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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The Struggle in Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus

- The Struggle in Lady Lazarus Lady Lazarus repeats the struggle between Nazi and Jew which is used in Daddy, with the Nazi atrocities a background across which the amazing, self-renewing speaker strides. The speaker orchestrates every aspect of her show, attempting to undermine the power an audience would normally have over her. She controls her body, instead of being a passive object of other eyes. The speaker orders her enemy to Peel off the napkin, telling the audience that there is a charge for her performance, but death to her is nothing but a big strip tease....   [tags: Lady Lazarus Essays]

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Metaphors in Sylvia Plath´s Poem: "Mushrooms"

- The poem ‘Mushrooms’, by Sylvia Plath has multiple meanings within the one poem which can be deciphered differently to give altering views. Mushrooms is a poem made up of eleven short three line stanzas and has an underlying sense of gloom throughout the poem. The poem is written in a way that it can be interpreted differently and to different levels of complexity. The most obvious meaning is the conception and ‘birth’ of mushrooms which is described in detail throughout the poem. Looking deeper, the poem is relatable to the human conception of a child through to the birth and early life....   [tags: Growth, Feminism]

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Sylvia Plath: A Novelist and her Brief Life

- ... Upon graduating from high school, Sylvia attended Smith College on a writing scholarship and continued to excel, publishing many works. When Plath was in college in 1953, her downward spiral began. The spiral started off when Plath’s writing internship was not what she expected it would be. Plath was more of a personal assistant than an actual writer. This realization was a sad reality to her because her goal was to be a writer not a personal assistant. This sad reality caused Sylvia Plath to attempt her first suicide....   [tags: Depression, Suicide, Poetry]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar (1971) is a thinly veiled autobiography. Having been riddled by depression herself, Plath has us follow her protagonist Esther’s journey of self-discovery in order to assert her views on the intersection of mental illness and traditional femininity. In the novel, blood serves to mark transitions in Esther’s life. Time after time, blood intersects with largely feminine milestones and the shifts in her mental health as she witnesses births, is sexually exploited, and must confront her own sexuality....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Sylvia Plath]

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Analysis Of ' Hamlet ' Daddy ' By Sylvia Plath And The God Of Small Things By Arudanthi Roy

- The International Dictionary of Psychology defines a "father figure" as "a man to whom a person looks up and whom he treats like a father.” In this essay I am going to be addressing the significance of this figure by comparing the characters presented in three different pieces of literature: ‘Hamlet’ by William Shakespeare, ‘Daddy’ by Sylvia Plath and ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arudanthi Roy. Critic, Anna Clarke, suggests that “Roy’s novel can be read as a radical literary strategy that evades and challenges society’s mono-logic tendency to control narrative meaning, and structure our perception through forms of linguistic order”....   [tags: Elizabeth I of England, William Shakespeare]

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Analysis Of ' Daddy ' By Sylvia Plath

- 2. Why might the speaker link her individual pain to the communal suffering of the Jews in the Holocaust. How are we supposed to respond to this comparison. Is her equation of father/Nazis, herself/Jews effective. Is it appropriate. and fair. Deliberately Shocking. What specific effect/response/reaction might she be trying to get from the reader, and why. When trying to describe her pain regarding her father, the narrator of Plath’s “Daddy” connects her situation to that of the Jewish people who were forced to endure the Holocaust....   [tags: Nazi Germany, Jews, Antisemitism, Israel]

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`` Daddy `` By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27th, 1932. She attended Smith College with a scholarship in 1950 and was married to Ted Hughes. Plath was a gifted and troubled poet, known for the style of her work. On October 12th, 1962 Plath wrote a very unique poem called “Daddy” that was then published in 1965. “Daddy” is perhaps Sylvia Plath’s best-known poem that she has written. Through the use of violet imagery, figurative language and descriptive metaphors, Plath conveys the speaker’s journey of coming to terms with her father who died when she was eight years old....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Poetry, Ted Hughes, Daddy]

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A Birthday Present By Sylvia Plath

- How Ironic, Celebrating The Gift Of Life With Death May it be her elegiac, disturbing poetry or her dramatic finale of life, Sylvia Plath is one of the most praised writers in the history of time. From the age of eight, Plath lived an unfortunate life, dealing with the death of her father, a failed marriage, and upholding the strict expectations of women held by society (Poets.org 1). “A Birthday Present”, written by Sylvia Plath, demonstrates an obvious representation of her emotions and attitude toward life....   [tags: Poetry, Suicide, Death, Meaning of life]

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Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

- Metaphors by Sylvia Plath The poem 'metaphors' by Sylvia Plath deals with strong issues of pregnancy. The poem was written when she was pregnant. She wrote about her mixed feelings and emotions. The poem itself is a metaphor. In the word 'metaphor' there are nine letters. There are nine lines, and nine syllables in every line. Apparently there are also nine months of pregnancy. Each line is a metaphor and each line represents different stages of pregnancy. Line nine "Boarded the train there's no getting off" suggest that it is inevitable....   [tags: Papers]

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Sylvia Plath's Death Gave Insight into Her Poetry

- Sylvia Plath, an American poet, confessional writer, an intelligent, though emotional sufferer of depression, and ultimately, a bipolar suicidal, is more famous and recognized in death, than ever in life. Her death brought new and deeper meaning to her poetry, which provided an extremely profound and emotional insight into Plath’s innermost feelings and thoughts. Plath used her poetry to explore and to figure out her own life, but she was ever-haunted by the death of her father when she was 8, and by her husband, Ted Hughes, who both caused her a high degree of emotional distress....   [tags: Poetry Analysis, Poets, Poem Analysis]

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Confessional Poetry in The Word by Sylvia Plath

- ... Thus, Plath is able to express her feelings as she writes about the nature of poetry itself. Plath’s poetry is in essence a vivid blast of emotion that surrounds her during her life. “Words” shows the reader the despair and emotional breakdown that Plath feels. In fact, “Words” “was written only ten days before Sylvia Plath’s death by suicide” (Terribly-Perfect). As Paul Mitchell writes, “Most of Sylvia Plath’s last poems are characterized by a poetic language on the point of collapse. As such, the voice of this work can be said to be in process or under erasure in the sense that it reveals an unraveling of signifying practice, manifested by both non-sense and, more paradoxically, the re...   [tags: realism, ideology, modernism]

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Confessions of Sylvia Plath

- The 1950s and 1960s were viewed as the start of not just the age of “hippies” but also an age of different revivals and movements that Plath was involved deeply in with her poetry: the revival of the occult and the confessional movement. The revival was seen as a back seat to many of the other movements happening during the ‘50s and 60s and some even say Plath just used it as a metaphor in her poetry. However, with her personal level written poems from the confessional movement combined with the occult we see a deeper side to her life and what was happening in her’s and everyone else’s lives....   [tags: American poet, novelist and short story writer]

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Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath        Sylvia Plath was a remarkable twentieth century American poet. Her poetry focused on depression, aspects on suicide, death, savage imagery, self-destruction and painful feelings of women. Plath attempts to exorcise the oppressive male figures that haunted her life served as one of the fundamental themes in her poetry.   Her poetry is a good example on how "suffering and transformation could be within traditional poetic contexts" (Initiation p.142). She also believed that a poem "must give an expression to the poet's own anguish because suffering has become the central fact of historical and personal existence" (Initiation p.143)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Analysis Of Plath 's ' Daddy '

- In Plath’s poem “Daddy”, she relates her journey of coming to terms of her father’s image. The poem begins with “you do not, you do not”, which means that her father has not been much of a parent since she was raised “poor and white”. During the time she was staying raised in such a manner, she felt trapped, “barely daring to breathe or achoo.” Living in such condition drove the speaker to come to the illusion of killing her father, but he had “…died before I had time”. At this point of time she has mixed feelings about her father....   [tags: The Holocaust, Germany, Marriage, World War II]

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An Analysis of Sylvia Plath's Poem, Daddy

- An Analysis of Sylvia Plath's Poem, Daddy Sylvia Plath's famous poem "Daddy" seems to refer quite consistently to her deceased father (and obliquely to her then estranged husband Ted Hughes) by use of many references that can clearly be associated with the background of Otto Plath, emphasizing his German heritage. These include the "Polish town" where Otto was born, the atrocities of the German Nazis in the Second World War ("Dachau, Auschwitz, Belsen"), the "Luftwaffe," and even the professorial pose of Dr....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Daddy Essays]

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Sylvia Plath's Mirror

- Sylvia Plath's Mirror Sylvia Plath's "Mirror" offers a unique perspective on the attitudes of aging. "Mirror" displays tremendous insight and objectivity into the natural human behavior of growing older. Plath is able to emphasize the loneliness, hope, despair, and insecurity that awaits us through mankind's incessant addiction with reflection. "Mirror" expresses the problems associated with aging through terse comparisons between reality and desire. Plathe's strength of "Mirror" lies in its ability to establish a solid comparison among appearance and human emotions between the first and second stanzas....   [tags: Papers Sylvia Plath Poem Poetry Essays]

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The Inclination Towards Darkness By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s poetry reverberates with universal female experience and anxieties; it addresses a female upbringing, pregnancy, childbirth, marriage while also critically engaging with stereotypes of femininity, often illustrating these through myth or metaphor. These feminine themes are recurrent throughout her poetry, often written about with a sense of ambivalence or fear. Putting aside Plath’s own autobiographical influences in the production of this poetry, the inclination towards darkness is a notable trend among women drawn to writing....   [tags: Feminism, Simone de Beauvoir, Poetry]

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Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath is said to be one the most prodigious, yet interesting, confessional poets of her time. She was an extremely vital poet of the post-World War II time period and expressed her feelings towards her father and husband through her poetry. Plath’s mental illness had a dramatic influence upon her work in which she demonstrated the hatred she had for her father specifically. The poem “Daddy” is an easily applicable example. Within this piece of work, Plath uses direct references to how she feels towards her father who was the greatest influence on her poetry....   [tags: Poet, Biography]

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Symbolism Of The Nazi And The Jews By Sylvia Plath

- As stated above, some teenagers do have a problem to build the relationship with their parents. As she said in the poem, attempting suicide took place regularly when she was ten. Even though, Sylvia Plath did not mentioned her mother in the poem, the reader can found there is a something wrong with her mother. She did not say one word about her mother like the poem, Daddy. She does not have a companion to share her feelings, she does not have a supporter who could stop her first or second suicide attempt while she get accustomed to try to kill herself “like the cat.” This causes the reader to speculate that she might failed to bond with her mother from an early age....   [tags: Suicide, Sociology, Adolf Hitler, Death]

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Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror”: How a Woman Matures

- Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror” is about a women maturing with time and her mirror is witness to her aging and her journey to finding herself. The mirror serves as a vivid portrayal of women’s life and stride through a very reliable persona, the mirror. Along her required journey she is faced with obstacles, such as herself and time ticking. All through life’s inconsistencies the mirror is the only one that does not hide her truth but reveals it to her even though she may not want to face reality. This poem is a representation of the idea that beauty lies in the hands of the beholder....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, poetry, Mirror,]

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`` Nothing Gold Can Stay `` By Sylvia Plath

- Sudden Change in Category Youth and Age The Desire of freedom, the temptation of danger and nostalgia for childhood are examples of twists and turns observed going through life, but it is often at their last moment that people take the time to realize how important their surroundings are and the time passed is precious. Robert Frost poem, “nothing gold can stay” is a writing, underlining the lost in which we are confronted and the incertitude of the future. However, Sylvia Plath’s poem is pointing out more and more the unusual way she sees the world and her own life with the writing “Mirror”....   [tags: Robert Frost, Poetry, Life, Stanza]

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Sylvia Plath's Arrival Of The Beebox

- In a number of her poems, Sylvia Plath expresses a concern with the need to be in control. The speaker is often invested with power and is placed beside the underlying fear of being over ridden by the 'other'. In order to maintain an authorative position, she confronts with the 'enemy' and ponders on the unknown, leaving readers inexplicably drawn by the experiences described. Yet Plath's other preoccupations are contrary to the investiture of power in the poetic voice, where the main subject is placed at the victimization by the opposition - whether it be a male figure, a baby, an insect or mushroom....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Who am I. That is a question some individual has a hard time answering. Even as some emerge from the adolescent stage, they still find themselves battling with the real versus ideal self throughout life. Searching for one’s identity is a vital part of growing up. It is also crucial for defining one self and how others perceive him/her. Identity could be defined as, who a person believes he or she is by representing a synthesis and integration of self understanding. This entails the traits of the individuals that makes that individual authentic and unique....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Gender role, Sylvia Plath]

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The Figures Displayed in Sylvia Plath's Mirror

- The Figures Displayed in Sylvia Plath's Mirror The speaker in Sylvia Plath's poem "Mirror" is the actual mirror itself, which has been owned by a now "old woman" (16) for quite some time. This woman has looked into her mirror every day for many years now. The mirror is very aware of her presence and its environment when she is not present. The author provides many details in order for the reader to grasp the mirror's view on its ever-day sights, but this would be an impossible task without the major use of figures of speech....   [tags: Poetry Poem Sylvia Plath mirror Essays]

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The Theme of Death in Poetry by Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath

- Death is a prevalent theme in the poetry of both Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson. They both examine death from varied angles. There are many similarities as well as differences in the representation of this theme in their poetry. Plath views death as a sinister and intimidating end, while Dickinson depicts death with the endearment of romantic attraction. In the poetry of Plath death is depicted traditionally, while Dickinson attributes some mysticism to the end of life. In the poem "Two Views of a Cadaver Room" Plath attempts to be objective in writing about death from the third person point of view....   [tags: Poetry]

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Literary Techniques Used in Sylvia Plath's Poem, Mirror

- Mirrors show us who we really are, whether we want to believe it or not. Makeup may help cover the exterior flaws, but when we look in that mirror we all know what we really look like. Mirrors let us see how we are changing and the way we perceive ourselves. Women, more often than men, have self-esteem issues because of what they see in the mirror. They find every little thing they believe is wrong on their face. A huge cause of their insecurities is because of the pedestal's women are put on by men....   [tags: poetry, poem analysis, literary analysis]

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Comparing O'Hara and Plath, as They See Themselves

- Art comes in many forms whether it is through literature, a painting, or movies, people express themselves through their art as an outlet yet they become so attached to their pieces as if it were a living breathing creature that it can never hold up to their own standards. The works that each artist completes never really feels finished to an extent. There is always room for the artist to add or fix and give their creation life. they can never feel fully satisfied with the work they have accomplished....   [tags: Poetry, Poets]

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Esther Greenwood in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Sylvia Plath wrote the semi autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar, in which the main character, Esther, struggles with depression as she attempts to make herself known as a writer in the 1950’s. She is getting the opportunity to apprentice under a well-known fashion magazine editor, but still cannot find true happiness. She crumbles under her depression due to feeling that she doesn’t fit in, and eventually ends up being put into a mental hospital undergoing electroshock therapy. Still, she describes the depth of her depression as “Wherever I sat - on the deck of a ship or at a street a cafe in Paris or Bangkok - I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air” (P...   [tags: the bell jar, syvia plath]

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Analysis Of ' Daddy ' By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s jarring poem ‘Daddy’, is not only the exploration of her bitter and tumultuous relationship with her father, husband and perhaps the male species in general but is also a strong expression of resentment against the oppression of women by men and the violence and tyranny men can and have been held accountable for. Within the piece, the speaker creates a figurative image of her father by using metaphors to describe her relationship with him: “Not God but a Swastika” , he is a “… brute” , even likening him to leader of the Nazi Party; Adolf Hitler: “A man in black with a Meinkampf look .” Overall, the text is a telling recount of her hatred towards her father and her husband of “...   [tags: Poetry, Love, Rhyme, Sylvia Plath]

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Biography of Sylvia Plath

- As one of the most multitalented writers of the twentieth century, Sylvia Plath was highly esteemed by fans and fellow writers alike. Sylvia Plath’s parents, Aurelia Schober and Otto Plath, had met when Aurelia became Otto’s student at Boston University. Otto was a biology professor with an infatuation with bees; he had even published a book titled Bumblebees and their ways. Otto and Aurelia married in January of 1932, and by October of the same year Aurelia gave birth in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts to a daughter, Sylvia....   [tags: biographies, writers]

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Sylvia Plath Biography

- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath: Born: October 27th 1932, Boston Died: 11th February 1963, London Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 and her Brother Warren was born in April,1935. When she was around 8 years old (1940) her father Otto died and she was devastated but never showed it. In 1941 Plath’s poem was printed in the children’s section of Boston Herald, it was a short poem about what Plath’s saw and heard on summer nights. After Plath had just graduated in 1950, her Poem “ Bitter Strawberries” appeared in The Christian Science Monitor which was her first national publication....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Breaking Up With Daddy: Sylvia Plath on Human Relations

- As is inherent within the tradition of confessional poetry, a subgenre of lyric poetry which was most prominent from the fifties to the seventies (Moore), Sylvia Plath uses the events of her own tragic life as the basis of creating a persona in order to examine unusual relationships. An excellent example of this technique is Plath’s poem “Daddy” from 1962, in which she skilfully manipulates both diction, trope and, of course, rhetoric to create a character which, although separate from Plath herself, draws on aspects of her life to illustrate and make points about destructive, interhuman relations....   [tags: language and poetic analysis]

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Lady Lazarus And Daddy, By Sylvia Plath

- Death is inevitable and a lifelong process in every individual’s life. Most importantly, we are unaware of when or how it will happen and, because death can come at a time when we least expect it, it allows some individuals to fear death. In both poems, Lady Lazarus and Daddy, by Sylvia Plath, show different ways to view death. In Lady Lazarus, Plath talks about the characters attempts to commit suicide. Throughout the poem, we discover that the first time she tried to commit suicide was an accident while her second and third time were intentional....   [tags: Suicide, Suicide methods, Sylvia Plath, Death]

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Mirrors by Sylvia Plath

- 13th March, 2014 In the poem “Mirrors”, by Sylvia Plath the speaker accentuates the importance of looks as an aging woman brawls with her inner and outward appearance. Employing an instance of self refection, the speaker shifts to a lake and describes the discrepancies between inevitable old age and zealous youth. By means of sight and personification, shifts and metaphors, the orator initiates the change in appearance which relies on an individual’s decision to embrace and reject it. The author applies sight and personification to accentuate the mirror’s roles....   [tags: Poet, Poetic Analysis, Poem]

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Sylvia Plath and the Occult Revival

- The 1950s and 1960s were viewed as the start of not just the age of “hippies” but also an age of different revivals and movements that Sylvia Plath involved herself in; one of them being the most underground of the revivals – the occult revival.. The occult revival was seen as a back seat to many of the other movements happening during the ‘50s and 60s and some even say Plath just used it as a metaphor in her poetry. However, by looking at her poems, such as “Lady Lazarus,” “The Kolossus,” and “Daddy,” Sylvia Plath pulls the occult into them as way to communicate her feelings to the living and deceased....   [tags: Spirit Conversations, Poetry]

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Spinster, by Sylvia Plath

- “Spinster” by Sylvia Plath is a poem that consists of a persona, who in other words serves as a “second self” for the author and conveys her innermost feelings. The poem was written in 1956, the same year as Plath’s marriage to Ted Hughes, who was also a poet. The title suggests that the persona is one who is not fond of marriage and the normal rituals of courtship as a spinster is an unmarried woman, typically an older woman who is beyond the usual age of marriage and may never marry. The persona of the poem is a woman who dislikes disorder and chaos and finds relationships to be as unpredictable as the season of spring, in which there is no sense of uniformity....   [tags: Imagery, Persona, Expression]

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The Life Of Sylvia Plath

- The Life of Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath's life, like her manic depression, constantly jumped between Heaven and Hell. Her seemingly perfect exterior hid a turbulent and deeply troubled spirit. A closer look at her childhood and personal experiences removes some element of mystery from her writings. One central character to Sylvia Plath's poems is her father, Professor Otto Emile Plath. Otto Plath was diabetic and refused to stay away from foods restricted by his doctor. As a result , he developed a sore on his left foot....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Empowerment of Women in Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Eavan Boland's Anorexic

- Empowerment of Women in Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus and Eavan Boland's Anorexic Although the title foreshadows an extrinsic approach, this essay mostly features intrinsic analysis. Eavan Boland's "Anorexic" seems descendent from Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus": the two share common elements, yet have significant differences. An examination of the poems' themes reveals that self-destructiveness can serve as empowerment for women. Plath explores Lady Lazarus' nontraditional view of suicide in her poem; (since Plath does not give the speaker of the poem a name, I will refer to her as Lady Lazarus)....   [tags: Lady Lazarus Essays]

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Sylvia Plath: The Exemplary Confessional Poet

- Emerging in the 1950s and 1960s, confessional poetry was essentially an autobiographical style of writing. Often focusing on topics that were taboo at the time like mental illness and suicide, it is no surprise that Sylvia Plath wrote poetry in this style. Plath suffered from depression most of her life and used writing as an outlet (Spinello). In her works “Cut,” “I Am Vertical,” and “Lady Lazarus,” Plath exemplifies confessional poetry through the themes of resentment, death, and mental illness....   [tags: literary analysis, biography]

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the bare sylvia plath

- The Bare Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts to middle class parents. Her father was domineering and abusive, he passed away when she was eight years old. This was an extremely difficult incident for Plath to deal with. Although Sylvia Plath's career as a poet was a short one, there is quite a difference between her early poetry and the poetry she wrote in the last six months of her life. She had a limited audience, but became more eminent due to her tragic death....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's ' Cinderella '

- Sylvia Plath, born to a middle-class family, was a delicate person who has a tendency to be a perfectionist that most people would consider her as an archetype academically. She is well-known for her exceptional ability to express into words her dreadful memories and experiences as well as her delightful ones; she was an extraordinarily gifted writer with a natural feel of the language, simply intelligent and calculated. Behind the struggles expressed in Plath 's work is the fact that she suffered from depression, suicidal tendency which made her underwent mental therapy, and that included electro-conclusive therapy (ECT) (Cooper, 2003)....   [tags: Poetry, Rhyme scheme, Stanza, Rhyme]

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