[ed. In One Art by Elizabeth Bishop] and Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath how does poetic form help to convey personal experience?Rhythm and Rhyme?? What else? I dont want you to write it for...

[ed. In One Art by Elizabeth Bishop] and Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath how does poetic form help to convey personal experience?

Rhythm and Rhyme?? What else? I dont want you to write it for me, just a little guidance. Thank you sooo much!!!

and Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath. How does poetic form help to convey personal experience in these two villanelles??

 

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Both “Mad Girl's Love Song” by Sylvia Plath and “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop are villanelles that describe a the experience of a female narrator experiencing the loss of love. The use of the villanelle form, with its two frequently repeated lines, allows both poets to convey the sense that the narrators are thinking constantly and obsessively about the lost lover. In the case of Bishop, though, the narrator’s attitude is somewhat ironic, with a sense that she has achieved some distance from the experience, while in Plath, the similar rhythmic structure, due to the jagged syntax and exaggerated imagery, give a sense of the narrator’s madness.

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