Describe postmodern elements in Sylvia Plath's poetry.

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Postmodernism can be viewed as both a reaction against modernism and, paradoxically, an extension of it. Sylvia Plath's poetry (as well as her prose writings) fits both of these definitions. At the same time, like all major poetry, her work is individual and cannot be pigeonholed.

If we look at two of Plath's best-known poems, "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus," both express a personal vision that perhaps can be likened more to the Romantic period than to modernism. There is no foolproof way of generalizing about the modernist movement also, but in the work of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and W.H. Auden, there is a "distancing" between the poet's personal story and emotion on the one hand, and the "message" of their poetry in all. Eliot's The Waste Land , though it depicts the poet's depression about the modern world, is narrated in a cryptic, impersonal manner. Plath is different. The use of violent imagery and the overall pessimistic tone is typical of the twentieth century in poetry and all...

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