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Sylvia Plath

The "confessional" poets were a school including Ann Sexton, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath who were mid-twentieth century American poets who composed poems in free verse with...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011, 7:31 am (UTC)

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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....

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018, 8:14 pm (UTC)

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The title of the poem "Night Shift" gives some indication of what the unknown sound may be before we start reading. However, Plath's negations in the first stanza—it is "not a heart beating," nor...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2018, 8:41 am (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath's poem, "Medallion" is about a snake she finds dead, and the details of its body that she notices. Written in 1959, its form was strictly "controlled." Plath uses imagery, literary...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2011, 2:57 pm (UTC)

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A number of scholars, especially those working in the field of feminist literary criticism, have seen "The Zoo-Keeper's Wife" as a critique of traditional marriage. In particular, they point to the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2020, 9:41 am (UTC)

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"Lesbos" is one of Sylvia Plath's poems collected in Ariel, a book edited by Plath's husband, the English poet Ted Hughes, and published after Plath's death by suicide. It was not actually included...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2018, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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"You're" is rife with similes and metaphors as its purpose is to compare the titular character to all of the things which remind Plath of him/her. This poem is about an unborn child--a baby still...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011, 12:04 am (UTC)

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The poem is indeed a complex one, and there will be more interpretations out there, I'm sure. - A common-sense / thumbs-down on the Dodo's mode Here I think Plath is recognising the innate...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2011, 7:30 am (UTC)

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Your first step in writing your essay is to identify the basic characteristics of Irving Layton's “The Bull Calf” and Sylvia Plath's “Tulips.” Layton's poem is composed in free verse with no...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2021, 2:37 pm (UTC)

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Plath was a Confessionalist poet. Therefore, her work was one which spoke to how her life was and the conflicts she faced. Her work is typically seen as dark and depressing. Her philosophy was...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012, 9:21 am (UTC)

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I agree completely with your statement. Besides the piece by piece analysis of her work that supports that assessment, remember that Plath's life writings are essentially a journal of mental...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2012, 4:04 am (UTC)

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"Bitter Strawberries," by Sylvia Plath, describes a conversation that takes place among farm workers who are picking strawberries. The conversation is about "the Russians," who pose a threat to the...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2011, 12:37 am (UTC)

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Plath uses much sustained death imagery: both suicide and Holocaust imagery (comparing herself to a Jew and her father to a Nazi). She writes grim apostrophes to her executioners, her father in...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010, 6:34 am (UTC)

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This poem is based around two central comparisons that the speaker of the poem makes between herself and then a tree and a flower. It is this sense of kinship--or the lack of it--that is explored...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2011, 4:30 am (UTC)

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The main themes are xenophobia (fear of foreigners or ‘Others’) and stubbornness with that prejudice and war mentality. This poem directly refers to the Cold War which was basically a game of...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011, 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Plath's feminism is probably most visible in her novel The Bell Jar. The men she presents throughout the story are largely clueless and insensitive to women. In some cases, their behavior would be...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019, 6:26 am (UTC)

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The poem "Cut" by Sylvia Plath is a confessional poem written during an especially difficult time in her life. It had recently become publicized that her husband, Ted Hughes, was having an affair,...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2020, 3:45 pm (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath, an American author considered one of the most emotional writers of the post war period, was a deeply troubled individual who committed suicide at the age of 30. "A complicated...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2009, 4:44 am (UTC)

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In 1960, Sylvia Plath wrote this short poem to describe her feelings towards being pregnant for the first time. She had a complicated relationship with the notion of pregnancy. Sylvia Plath was...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2021, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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The themes of "Wintering" by Sylvia Plath are renewal and regeneration and feminine identity and motherhood, all of which have personal meaning for Plath, who writes in self-analysis. The poet...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2015, 10:59 am (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath's poem "You're" is narrated by a speaker who is a mother meditating on her unborn child. The speaker's use of comparison, mostly through figurative language, captures the feeling of...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2018, 2:21 am (UTC)

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You have certainly picked a poem with a number of separate examples of personification in it. Let us remind ourselves of the definition of personfication. Personification is a figure of speech...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2011, 1:47 am (UTC)

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Seeing that Sylvia Plath's poetry is so strongly identified with the idea of confessional poetry, I tend to think that her subjectivity is expressed in a terminology of the personal. She does not...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012, 11:37 am (UTC)

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Unlike many of Sylvia Plath poems, "Night Shift" does not address feminist issues such as the domestic realm, nor the confessional quality that prevails in much of her poetry. Instead, "Night...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2013, 8:29 pm (UTC)

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One of the reasons for this critical designation as a poet of failed relationships is poems about failed relationships, like "Daddy." This symbolic poem ("Daddy, I have had to kill you. / You died...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011, 5:40 am (UTC)

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Plath is hard to put into a box; her poetry entirely unpredictable. Her frequent tones seemed to expose herself at varying times of her life. These would portray brillance, detachment, worry,...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2010, 10:57 am (UTC)

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Plath uses a variety of devices in her poem "I Am Vertical." To begin, here is the second stanza of the poem: Tonight, in the infinitesimal light of the stars, The trees and flowers have been...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2011, 7:54 am (UTC)

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In both Anne Sexton's "The Civil War" and Sylvia Plath's "In Plaster", the narrators talk about divided selves, with one self offering up a critique of the second self. The tone, themes, and...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2015, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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I certainly think that Plath deserves credit for challenging conventions. She was not afraid to challenge poetic conventions of the day in the idea of ensuring that her work was an accurate...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012, 6:29 pm (UTC)

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It's hard not to agree with Millicent's choice to turn down the sorority at the end of Plath's story "Initiation." First, Millicent has a number of logical reasons not to join. Her best friend,...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2021, 3:18 am (UTC)

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In the poems "Mirror" and "Morning Song," the most obvious sign of Sylvia Plath's uniqueness is found in her nearly uncomfortable level of honesty in portraying the inner life of a woman. "Mirror"...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2016, 9:03 pm (UTC)

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Typical characteristics of Confessional poetry are : -The use of "I" stories -Descriptions of personal life (including family trials and personal struggles) -Craft was true to poetic conventions...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011, 7:09 am (UTC)

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Poetry can be very difficult to analyze for often the poet is speaking so figuratively, based upon their personal perceptions, that it can be difficult to fully appreciate what the poet is trying...

Latest answer posted June 5, 2013, 6:13 am (UTC)

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First, you need to ask yourself, what makes a poet confessional? A lot of times, a poet will write in a voice specific to the poem, not necessarily about themselves. That doesn't mean that the poem...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2018, 4:07 pm (UTC)

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Although Sylvia Plath (often along with Anne Sexton) is most inexorably tied with the Confessional movement of poetry, Robert Lowell, the creator of the style, is probably the most confessional of...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2018, 12:51 am (UTC)

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I think what you need to do in your essay is analyze Sylvia Plath's poetry from a feminist perspective. You might start out with several research questions: What roles do women play in the poems?...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010, 1:01 am (UTC)

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In analyzing Plath's poetry, one has to account for the role of her father in her life and work. Plath's experience with her father was formative. Articulated in her poetry, there is a struggle...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2012, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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Originally titled "Quarrel," "The Event" was written in 1962, and is plainly a commentary on Plath's deteriorating marriage to Ted Hughes. It was written following a visit from Assia Wevill, the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2022, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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A critical appreciation of Sylvia Plath's “Circus in Three Rings” will strive to determine the poem's purpose and then evaluate how well its form and content fulfill that purpose. Let's begin with...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2022, 6:37 pm (UTC)

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One of my favourite poems by Sherman Alexie is "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel." In this poem, the speaker bitterly challenges stereotypical notions of what it is to be American...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2012, 6:11 am (UTC)

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The Holocaust has long been considered sacred territory. Politicians, entertainers, and others who have cavalierly offered images from the Holocaust for metaphorical or comparative purposes have...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2015, 2:19 am (UTC)

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You can divide her life into three sections: juvenalia (her young period of writing as detailed in The Bell Jar), the Colossus years (her first book of poetry), and her Ariel years (her last book...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010, 10:29 pm (UTC)

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These stanzas from "Night Shift" by Sylvia Plath are replete with poetic devices and with sensory imagery, in particular. They describe a factory which is in full production, so naturally the...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2013, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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"Full Fathom Five" takes its title from Shakespeare's The Tempest. (The phrase has since been used in other texts and mediums.) In Act One, Scene Two, Ariel sings that Ferdinand's father has...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013, 1:22 am (UTC)

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In this stanza the speaker apparently succeeds in tracking down the sound that has been disturbing her all evening; the source is finally 'exposed' as coming from an industrial factory. The line...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2013, 8:36 pm (UTC)

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Yes. Gothic literature is a genre that focuses on death, darkness, terror and chaos. Generally, the genre glorified these things to find meaning in the irrational rather than the rational....

Latest answer posted February 15, 2013, 4:43 pm (UTC)

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