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Lady Lazarus

The title of the poem alludes to the biblical figure of Lazarus, who was raised from the dead by Jesus. Thus, the title immediately suggests a blurred distinction between life and death. The poem...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019, 11:32 am (UTC)

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"Lady Lazarus" begins with a detached tone. The speaker (almost certainly Plath speaking as herself) remarks, with an off-handed and casual tone, "One year in every ten / I manage it—." The "it,"...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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Images of, or allusions to, religion and war are used throughout the poem to help convey the speaker's emotional state. Most of these images are not stated directly, but rather are implied by...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019, 9:52 am (UTC)

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The poem "Lady Lazarus" reflects Plath's obsession with death and suicide. There are several ways the theme of death is evoked, some direct and some reflecting Plath's own prototypical imagery and...

Latest answer posted May 16, 2016, 10:11 pm (UTC)

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The imagery in Sylvia Plath’s poem “Lady Lazarus” is memorable and varied and creates a number of different effects, including the following: * The word “it” in lines 1 and 3 is ambiguous and...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011, 6:21 am (UTC)

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Plath uses an extended metaphor, that of a cadaver wrapped in burial cloth, to create an image of her outer covering, her skin, as her perceived identity. Lazarus was a man pronounced dead whom...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010, 9:55 pm (UTC)

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Why does anyone write anything? To speculate is to diminish the art. The New Critics would not like this question... Poetry is confession, catharsis, therapy, a way of making sense of the world,...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2010, 11:24 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath’s striking and vivid poem “Lady Lazarus” features a speaker – a young woman – who seems to have faced death on three different occasions. The poem draws on a numerous sources of...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 2:41 pm (UTC)

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Lady Lazarus

We can relate this poem and its theme to the real life experience of its poet and her multiple suicide attempts. "Lady Lazarus," with the allusion that its title contains, automatically makes us...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2011, 9:04 pm (UTC)

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Lady Lazarus

The clearest parallel that is drawn in Sylvia Plath's poem "Lady Lazarus" is between the speaker and a Jew experiencing any number of atrocities in a Nazi contentration camp. Parts of the poem that...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2010, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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I think two discussion points emerging from Plath's "Lady Lazarus" would be its use of Holocaust imagery and its display of cruelty. One of the poem's most dominant features is its use of the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2015, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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Lady Lazarus

In the Bible, Lazarus was a dead man brought back to life by Jesus in one of his most famous miracles. In the poem “Lady Lazarus,” we are introduced to a woman whose dangerous mood swings from the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2021, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath's use of tercet, or group of three lines to a stanza, serves to express her difficult thoughts to the reader. In reading the poem, each stanza conveys some concept, or some event,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2008, 7:06 am (UTC)

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This poem has a theme of resurrection, of rising from the dead, and of the spectacle that such an occurrence is in one's life and the life of those who witness such an event. Whether this...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2009, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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This is certainly a tremendous poem which owes its crackling energy in part to the way in which Plath combines a number of different techniques to make it appeal to our hearing. Consider the way in...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2011, 1:54 am (UTC)

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I am not sure I see much in way of adoration or admiration of the fascistic male in the poem. I think that Plath is using the imagery of the Holocaust to bring out the victimization that she...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2012, 9:58 am (UTC)

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One of the major differences between a post-graduate and an undergraduate level essay is that in graduate school your work needs to reflect knowledge of the major critical approaches to your...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2011, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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To understand the poem, it's important to know Plath's biography. When the speaker she says she has "done it again," the "it" alludes to a suicide attempt. Every ten years, as she recounts in the...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2022, 11:45 am (UTC)

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