Confessional Poetry Essays

  • Confessional Poetry

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    Confessional Poetry I have done it again. One year in every ten I manage it – A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright as a Nazi lampshade, My right foot A paperweight, My face featureless, fine Jew linen. This excerpt comes from the poem “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, one of the most famous – and infamous – poets of the 20th century. Many of Plath’s poems, such as this one, belong to a particular school of poetry known as Confessional Poetry. With a distinct style all their

  • Confessional Poetry

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    Confessional poetry is a style that emerged in the late 1950’s. Poetry of this type tends to be very personal and emotional. Many confessional poets dealt with subject matter that had previously been taboo. Death, trauma, mental illness, sexuality, and numerous other topics flowed through the works of the poetry from this movement. Confessional poetry was not purely autobiographical, but did often express deeply disturbing personal experience. (Academy of American Poets) Three important poets

  • Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets

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    Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets With World War II finally over and a chapter in history written, the next chapter is about to begin. The twentieth century brings with it a new literary movement called postmodern, where poetry is "breaking from modernism" and taking on a whole new style Within postmodern poetry emerge confessional poets whom remove the mask that has masked poetry from previous generations and their writings become autobiographical in nature detailing their life's most intense

  • Sylvia Plath: The Exemplary Confessional Poet

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    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

  • The Confessional Poetry Of Anne Sexton And Sylvia Plath

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    Confessional poetry of women poets of the then 1950s and 1960s opens a new vista for them to express their ‘self’ and to foreground their identity. These poets feel the need for self-affirmation because of their experience of marginalization in society. They found all the experiences are gendered in the 1950s and 1960s patriarchal society and so they also develop a gendered image of their ‘self’ in their confessional poetry. At the time when Sexton and Plath were

  • Breaking Up With Daddy: Sylvia Plath on Human Relations

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    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

  • Sylvia Plath Confessional Poetry Analysis

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    “Confessional poetry” was commenced in 1959. Confessional poetry is a style of poetry when a poet has become confessional in their writings. Plath had a very confessional tone in her poetry. In her confessional poetry she succeeded to create a strong understanding with her readers. “Confessional poetry has become so valuable, because it speaks from the heart”(Pipos). Sylvia Plath combined many of her

  • Analysis Of Morning Song By Sylvia Plath

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    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

  • Analysis Of For Lizzie And Harriet, By Robert Lowell

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    Perhaps among the most personal of subject matter, the relationship of the family unit has been explored at great lengths in confessional poetry. Reputable confessional poet Robert Lowell explored the idea of fatherhood while struggling with mental illness. Lowell wrote of a pain to which many readers could relate. Going through a separation and divorce, Lowell felt vulnerable and this was especially evident in his writings about his daughter. The vulnerability experienced by Lowell at this time

  • Daddy By Sylvia Plath Analysis

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    common. In “Daddy,” Sylvia Plath reveals about her complex relationship with her father, while Tim O’Brien’s “How to Tell a True War Story” focuses on issues of war and the art of storytelling. But in many ways, a confessional poem is similar to a war story. It may be true that confessional poetry mainly focuses on strictly mental and personal aspects of individual experience and, hence, is entirely subjective, while war stories may seem more objective because they describe physical events. Thus, this

  • Sylvia Plath's Death Gave Insight into Her Poetry

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    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

  • The Dark Life and Confessional Poetry of Sylvia Plath

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    contemporary poets, who brought with them a new type of perspective within their poetry. These poets—especially those who wrote confessional poetry—established their poetry in a single, unified voice that accentuated intimate human topics such as death, sexuality, and family. An important contributor to contemporary and confessional poetry was Sylvia Plath, who employed personal aspects of her life into her style of confessional poetry. Plath suffered from a deep depression that influenced her to often write

  • Anne Sexton Analysis

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    open-ended, intuitive, confessional writer that towards the end turned more dark and demonic. Anne sexton growing up was never a religious type of person but more of a rebellious child trying every way possible to undermined her parents every chance she got. Anne 's poetry inspired many to step up and face who they really are while they still can, but even though Anne 's poetry was considered a perfect entity of words her life was less than perfect. Over the years Anne 's poetry showed her depression

  • Blackberrying By Sylvia Plath Meaning

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    that writers and artists are the most narcissistic people. I think if I had done anything else I would have been a doctor" (Orr 3-4). Interesting for Plath to say, considering how she would eventually become such a prominent figure in the world of poetry. During a time when women didn't have many rights or received much recognition, Sylvia Plath was born in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts on Oct. 27, 1932 (Rosenberg 10). Her parents would've never expected their daughter would one day become such a

  • Sylvia Plath

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    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

  • Sylvia Plath's Lady Lazarus

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    Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2000. LitFinder for Schools. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. Dahlke, Laura Johnson. "Plath's Lady Lazarus." The Explicator 60.4 (2002): 234+.Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Heaton, David M. "Lady Lazarus." Masterplots II: Poetry, Revised Edition (2002): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Overview: “Lady Lazarus”." Gale Online Encyclopedia. Detroit: Gale, 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. "Plath, Sylvia: Introduction." Feminism in Literature:

  • Comparing Feminist Poetry by Plath and Sexton

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    Comparing Feminist Poetry by Plath and Sexton Poetry "should be a shock to the senses. It should also hurt" Anne Sexton believed (Baym 2703), and evidence of this maxim's implications echoes loudly through the writing of Sexton as well as through the work of her friend and contemporary Sylvia Plath. Plath and Sexton's lifetimes spanned a period of remarkable change in the social role of women in America, and both are obviously feminist poets caught somewhere between the submissive pasts of

  • Stings By Sylvia Plath Essay

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    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. Sylvia sensed an attraction between

  • Sylvia Plath Confessional Poem Analysis

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    Sylvia Plath’s confessional poem is a free formed twenty line poem consisting of ten couplet stanzas which illustrate death as a state in which our imperfections are ignored. The subject of the poem is a woman who has been ‘perfected’ in death, having been released from her own personal suffering. For Plath death seems to be an achievement and just like the woman in the poem, Plath feels she will ultimately become ‘perfected’ when she too is dead. By not using the first person, Plath causes ‘the

  • The Real Rochester in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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    John Wilmot, the second Earl of Rochester was one of the most infamous rakes from the Restoration period. While Wilmot’s debauched lifestyle was well recorded, his deathbed conversion became even more popular. Through these early biographies and the poetry written by Wilmot, Charlotte Bronte became familiar with this historical figure. Bronte modeled her character of Edward Rochester on Wilmot. There are many instances in the novel Jane Eyre that link the two figures. In his essay "John Wilmot and Mr