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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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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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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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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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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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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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Esther's Liberation in Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar

- Esther's Liberation in The Bell Jar      On the surface The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a loosely based autobiographical account of a young woman's search for identity that is eventually found through mental breakdown. Because Esther Greenwood's aspirations are smothered by traditional female roles, she must find herself through purging her mind of these restraints.   Upon closer inspection, Esther plight is representative of her contemporaries and even of many women today who "over and over...(have) heard in voices of tradition and of Freudian sophistication that they could desire no greater destiny than to glory in their own femininity" (Friedan, 461)....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]

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sylvia plath

- Price Page 1 Sylvia Plath, a complex poet, a complex mind. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 and committed suicide on February 11, 1963. During this short thirty years, many works were provided that served as a window into one fragile mind. Years of mental stability acted as a catalyst for the production of many famous works. Although it is still difficult to analyze Plath’s mind, its products are still being cherished and praised. Plath published many works in her lifetime, yet her most famous works which include The Bell Jar, Ariel, “Crossing the Water”, Letters Home, & Johnny Panic, & The Bible of Dreams were are published after her death (Bloom 163-4)....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Sylvia Plath

- The Many Views of Sylvia Plath Pulitzer Prize winner, Sylvia Plath began her misunderstood life on October 27, 1932, in Jamacia Plains Massachusetts. She was born to Otto and Aurelia Plath, who were both teachers (Sylvia Plath).Her father was a professor at Boston University. He studied bees.(Personal Influences) Plath has been seen in a variety of ways; as a tragic poet, the all-American, girl next-door, but, most of all, a heroine of the feminist movement. Plath’s life was haunted by visions of her past....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath is a writer whose life has generated much interest. This may be because of her tragic, untimely death and her highly personal writings. Studying Sylvia^s life lets her readers understand her works better. Many of the imagery and attitudes in her poetry are based on her life experiences. Throughout her short life, Sylvia Plath loved the sea. She spent her childhood years on the Atlantic coast just north of Boston. This setting provides a source for a lot of her poetic ideas....   [tags: essays papers]

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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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Esther`s Suicide Attempts in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar

- Esther`s Suicide Attempts in The Bell Jar One of the main reasons why Esther tried to commit suicide was the way she perceived her mother's actions, and the fact that she hates her mother: `"I hate her", I said, and waited for the blow to fall.` she obviously believes that hating her mother is wrong, as she expected the doctor to react negatively to her comment. Throughout the novel, her mother has contributed to Esther`s problems. From Esther`s point of view, consequences of her mother's actions have lead to further problems for her....   [tags: Plath Bell Jar Essays]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sylvia Plath: A Search for Self

- Sylvia Plath: A Search for Self         The collective body of Sylvia Plath's poetry demonstrates definitively her mastery of her craft. Plath has been criticized for her overtly autobiographical work and her suicidal pessimism, however, close study reveals that her poetry transcends categorization and has a voice uniquely her own. As Katha Pollit concluded in a 1982 Nation review, "by the time she came to write her last seventy or eighty poems, there was no other voice like hers on earth" (Wagner 1)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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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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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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Plath - A Rebuttal of the Feminist Label

- Plath - A Rebuttal of the "Feminist" Label       Sylvia Plath has long been hailed as a feminist writer of great significance. In her 1976 book Literary Women, Ellen Moers writes, "No writer has meant more to the current feminist movement" (qtd. in Wagner 5), and still today, at a time when the idea of equality for women isn't so radically revolutionary as it had been earlier in the century, Plath is a literary symbol of the women's rights movement. Roberta Mazzenti quotes Robert A. Piazza as writing that there is "little feminist consciousness" in Plath's work, and goes on to explain that because "Plath's work [is] being read......   [tags: Biography Biographies 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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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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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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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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Kesey and Plath: A New American Myth

- Kesey and Plath: A New American Myth A mutual friend sets up Ken Kesey and Sylvia Plath on a blind date. They meet in a Boston restaurant and discover they're both writers. Describe the ensuing conversation. Sept. 3, 1955 (from Sylvia's diary) It must have been some terrible mistake. Mother set me up with a certain Ken Kesey, a friend of a friend of the family. Terrible. We met at a restaurant on Harvard Square and it went downhill from there. I came home alright, but barely. I guess I can start from the beginning......   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Imagery In Poems "Daddy" And "Lady Lazarus" By Sylvia Plath

- In poems of Sylvia Plath, entitled "Lady Lazarus" and "Daddy" some elements are similar, including used hostile imagery, gloomy atmosphere as well as recurring theme of suicide, but the poems differ in respect of the speaker’s point of view and attitude towards addressed person or unfavorable surroundings. These elements are employed by Plath in order to intensify the impact on her audience and convey all extreme emotions. Another issue that is considered to be worthy of thinking over is the question why the poet refers to Holocaust and the suffering of the Jews in Nazi concentration camps....   [tags: Sylvia Plath Lady Lazarus Daddy Comparison]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Roller Coaster Life of Sylvia Plath

- Often times we look through people and not truly at them. Sylvia Plath was one person who was looked through a lot when she desperately wanted to be noticed. As a striving poet and author in a time period where women were not expected to perform such tasks Sylvia struggled to keep it all together. Although she had her high points, like we all do, it remains apparent that she was battling with a deep inner conflict. Sylvia brings her emotional burden to life in her first novel The Bell Jar....   [tags: Biography]

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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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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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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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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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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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Sylvia Plath’s Mourning and Creativity

- Sylvia Plath’s Mourning and Creativity Abstract In this article, I concentrate on the connection between mourning and creativity in Sylvia Plath’s work. Melanie Klein postulates that the pain of mourning and the reparation experienced in the depressive position is the basis of creative activity. Through creative activity, one can restore lost internal and external objects and lost happiness. I argue that Plath’s work is an example of Klein’s idea that artists’ creative products represent the process of mourning....   [tags: Sylvia Plath]

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Sylvia Plath : An American Poet

- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath born into a middle class family in Boston Massachusetts USA on October 27, 1932. Sylvia was an american poet, novelist and short story writer. Sylvia studied at the University of Cambridge before she starting her carrier as poet and writer. Sylvia Plath was married with the famous poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and in 1962 they separated. Sylvia Plath father death and the chaotic relationship with her husband brought to the surface her mental disorder. Sylvia Plath suffers for clinical depression and bipolar disorder most of her adult live....   [tags: Suicide, Bipolar disorder, Sylvia 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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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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The, The And The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- In both J.D Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, symbolism is used through the employment of imagery and metaphors. These are utilized to convey universal themes, such as alienation, pressures of conventional expectations, and sexuality. Symbolism is also utilized to portray significant and meaningful messages to the audience. In Plath’s The Bell Jar, imagery is used to show the contrast between Esther’s internal self and the external society. The bell jar, that slowly descending over her, is a symbol for the growing isolation Esther feels as her depression worsens throughout the novel and also the alienation she receives as a result of a societal stigma assoc...   [tags: Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Symbolism]

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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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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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`` 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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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Life is full of endless amounts of beautiful encounters for every character in the novel The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, except for Esther. She suffers from a severe and complex mental illness that impacts her life greatly. Although it is clear that Esther suffers strongly from depression in the novel, Sylvia Plath chooses to tell her life abstractly through countless symbols and ironies to prove that Esther depression completely consumes her. Everything that Esther sees is through a lens of depression, which scews her outlook on life....   [tags: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, Roman à clef]

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The Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath

- Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar is a fascinating account of a young woman’s spiral downward into a bout of “madness” and depression. The Bell Jar was published in England in early 1963, just a few weeks before Plath committed suicide. Sylvia Plath was an American poet, born and raised in Massachusetts, who later lived in England, where she married British poet Ted Hughes and had 2 children. While her poetry collections are highly celebrated, her only novel has reached the status of a modern classic, perhaps due to Plath’s tragic death at the age of 30....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, Mind, Suicide]

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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 Bell Jar ' By Silvia Plath

- Marcel Proust once said ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’ Through this unceasing process of discovery, individuals attain the opportunity to the acquisition of greater knowledge and a renewed perspective of oneself and one’s relationship with the world. These broader concepts are accentuated in the play ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare, the novel ‘The Bell Jar’ by Silvia Plath as well as James Marsh‘s film ‘The Theory of Everything’....   [tags: The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath, The Tempest, Metaphor]

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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 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 Plath 's ' The Bell Jar '

- ylvia Plath was born in Boston of 1932 to two teachers. Her father immigrated directly from Poland; Merely eight years of age at the time of his death, it was a major source of inspiration for her poetry as it left her with feelings of wrath and confusion. She attended Smith College and excelled, until she suffered a breakdown in the summer of 1953, later expressed in her first and only novel The Bell Jar. Around this time she won an award from Mademoiselle, she worked for the magazine 's college board until suffering an emotional breakdown leading her to her first suicide attempt, hospitalization, electroshock therapy, and various other forms of treatment....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, Poetry, Death]

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The Bell Jar After By Sylvia Plath

- Artistic works, including books, tend to reflect their creator. Sylvia Plath authored The Bell Jar shortly before committing suicide. A semi-autobiographical work, many real events became included with names and places changed, though thinly veiled to those who knew her. Published after her death amidst much controversy, the novel follows Esther Greenwood through her depression, suicide attempt, and struggle to recover. While many factual physical events appear in the book, clearly other internal factors affecting Ms....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, The Bell Jar]

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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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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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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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Sylvia Plath 's Life And Work

- Sylvia Plath was an American short-story writer, poet and novelist. She was born on October 27, 1932 to parents, Otto and Aurelia Plath, who lived in the Boston suburb of Jamaica Plain. Sylvia wrote her first poem at the age of eight, and the work was published in the Boston Herald. Sylvia started to keep journals beginning in 1944. This hobby became an important part of her life and helped people to understand Sylvia’s emotions after her death. In 1950 Sylvia won a scholarship and went to the Smith College....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, Ted Hughes, Poetry]

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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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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's ' Daddy '

- Could Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” simply be a form of self-therapy or is it instead an artist who is remarkable at calling up the emotions of her personae and characters. In addition to this quandary, is the examination of the persona herself and matching her actions to the Freudian theory of ‘Family’ and Jung’s theory of ‘Electra.’ Sylvia Plath’s psyche could be screaming out in her poem “Daddy,” on the other hand, it could be a fully developed character creation with a few artists’ liberties being taken....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Sylvia Plath, Libido]

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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's ' Daddy '

- Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” is debated as form of self-therapy or as just an artist who is remarkable at calling up the emotions of her personas and characters. In addition to this quandary, is the examination of the persona herself and matching her actions to the Freudianism theory of Family and Jung’s theory of Electra. Digging into the overall question of Sylvia Plath’s poem “Daddy” is, what is the greater message in Sylvia Plath’s poem. Does even the author understand what the larger question of her psyche through an in-depth analysis of her poem could mean for her self-development....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, Sylvia Plath, Daddy]

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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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Analysis Of ' Tulips ' And ' A Birthday Present ' By Sylvia Plath

- Within “Tulips” and “A Birthday Present”, Sylvia Plath explores the critical decision of choosing between life and death. Through her inclusion of rhetorical devices, the personification of common-day objects symbolize the return to existence and biblical allusions mock the salvation others receive through religious means. Written in the last few months of her life, the two poems showcase the battle between consciousness and death and while it may seem easier to lose oneself in the bland darkness, the two extremities are frighteningly close....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Death, Sylvia]

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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath 's Poem, Daddy, Lady Lazarus And Ariel

- Controversy surrounding Sylvia Plath and her collection Ariel is still present in today’s society. The collection is written using personal stories in a confessional tone that makes it impossible for the reader to remove Sylvia Plath’s life from the poems. The interpretation of the poems filters directly into Plath’s life with memories of her father, husband, children and her struggles with mental health. The collection is controversial because Plath committed suicide and the depression and grotesqueness of her inner self is present in many of her poems; especially her later collection....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Suicide, Confessional poetry]

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`` All My Pat Theories Against Marrying A Writer `` And Plath 's Poetry

- It is difficult not to read Hughes’s and Plath’s poetry in relation to each other due to their intimate relationship and their support for each other’s career during their marriage. In Plath’s journals she wrote “All my pat theories against marrying a writer dissolve with Ted: his rejections more than double my sorrow & his acceptances rejoice me more than mine,” thus showing that they shared each other’s goals in life (Hampl 1995: 4). In a BBC interview with both Hughes and Plath, Hughes said that “he and Plath have ‘a single, shared mind,’ ‘a telepathic union’ that was ‘a source of great deal’ in his poetry,” whereas Plath said that she thought “all the poems [they] wrote to each other and...   [tags: Poetry, Rhyme, Sylvia Plath, Translation]

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The Song And A Song By Demi Lovato, And Sylvia Plath 's Poem

- Nowadays people aren’t really fans of poetry because of the fact that it’s so complicated and hard to understand, some people think they have to over analyze the lines to find the meaning. Although they may be difficult to interpret sometimes, they do share main themes and ideas as other things. For example, a song. A song and a poem can share the exact meaning or a couple of ideas. They both have certain qualities like theme, emotional response, rhyme, rhythm, and more. An example of these similarities would be the song “Believe in Me” by Demi Lovato, and Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror”....   [tags: Poetry, Sylvia Plath, Demi Lovato]

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Analysis Of Sylvia Plath And Theodore Roethke 's My Papa 's Waltz

- When thought about, family is widely imagined as a positive cornerstone of the foundation of an individual’s life. Families are imagined as consisting a mother and a father who raise their children from birth to adulthood to the best of their ability, usually resulting positively. Certain aspects of every family are different, making each family one of its own. One of these aspects can ultimately change a family forever and could alter the outcome of a child’s life and their profession. Parents are not aware all of the time that their decisions affect their children as much as they truly do....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Daddy, The Bell Jar]

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The Theme Of Darkness Through Imagery Of Death And Tulips By Sylvia Plath

- Many people come from a haunted past, leaving indefinite scars in their memory. This causes permanent numbness in their hearts and leaves them with nothing but isolation from the their loved ones. These damaged memories can later flood the individual causing him/her to create an enemy within themselves. The internal scars within a person stay hidden; however, certain circumstances may draw out he/she hidden past and shows him/her to the world. In “Lady Lazarus” and “Tulips,” Sylvia Plath creates a theme of darkness through imagery of death and sorrow that reveals the sadness she feels due to her haunted past....   [tags: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Lady Lazarus]

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Ted Hughes’s Pike versus Sylvia Plath’s Mirror

- Hughes’s “Pike,” Plath’s “Mirror” Abstract: Sylvia Plath’s 1961 poem “Mirror” can be read as a rejoinder to Ted Hughes’s 1958 poem “Pike.” Plath shrinks her husband’s mythic grandeur to reveal a psychodrama of the self as a vanishing façade. Sylvia Plath’s 1961 poem "Mirror" builds up to the appearance of a terrible fish, an internalized counterpart of the watching consciousness under the dark pond of Ted Hughes's 1958 poem "Pike." Whereas Hughes's poem evokes the spirit of the place and the genetic residue of England's violent past, a version perhaps of Clarence's dream of the sea of fish-eaten victims of the Wars of the Roses in Shakespeare's history play Richard III, and the sunless sea...   [tags: Ted Hughes Sylvia Plath Poetry Poet Poem]

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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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