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  • An Explication Of Sylvia Plath's Daddy - 977 words
    An Explication Of Sylvia Plath'S "Daddy" It tends to be the trend for women who have had traumatic childhoods to be attracted to men who epitomize their emptiness felt as children. Women who have had unaffectionate or absent fathers, adulterous husbands or boyfriends, or relatives who molested them seem to become involved in relationships with men who, instead of being the opposite of the "monsters" in their lives, are the exact replicas of these ugly men. Sylvia Plath's poem "Daddy" is a perfect example of this unfortunate trend. In this poem, she speaks directly to her dead father and her husband who has been cheating on her, as the poem so indicates. The first two stanzas, lines 1-10, tel ...
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  • Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Evaluation - 1,967 words
    Bell Jar By Sylvia Plath Evaluation Integrated into the story of The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath is a "case history" of a depression patient, from it's subtle beginnings to it's terrifying consequences to it's shaky resolution. On the subject of this depression, there is an article written by William Styron which, in the course of describing his own dealings with the disease, he compares it to cancer. It is my own firm opinion that this assertion is perfectly valid, and it can be shown through careful analysis of the causes and effects of both depression and cancer that this is so. In addition, using The Bell Jar as an example of a case of depression, we will see how this comparison makes clear ...
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  • Daddy By Plath - 563 words
    Daddy By Plath Plaths poem "Daddy" describes her feelings of oppression from her childhood and conjures the struggle many women face in a male-dominated society. The conflict of this poem is male authority versus the right of a female to control her own life and be free of male domination. Plaths conflicts begin with her father and continue into the relationship between her and her husband. This conflict is examined in lines 71-80 of "Daddy" in which Plath compares the damage her father caused to that of her husband. The short stanzas containing powerful imagery overwhelm the readers forcing them to imagine the oppression that the speaker went through in her short life. The tone of this poem ...
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  • Elm Speaks By Plath - 1,111 words
    ... ater, in stanza ten she is "inhabited by a cry", the cry signifies the her need for love. Afterwards, in stanza eleven the"dark thing" she is afraid of represents the need for love she feels inside. Lastly, the "knowledge" she has become "incapable of" in stanza thirteen symbolizes that she can no longer stand the pain she has learned to accept. The metaphors Plath uses throughout the poem help to create a clear image of the hurt she feels within. "The Elm Speaks" fits many of the characteristics of a villanelle. A villanelle is a type of poem having only two strategically placed inner rhymes. This poem has one at the beginning and one at the end. The first are fear and hear in the third ...
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  • Even In Her Earlier Poems, Sylvia Plath Displays An Unhealthy Preoccupation With Sex, Madness, Morbidity And Obscurity - 993 words
    Even in her earlier poems, Sylvia Plath displays an unhealthy preoccupation with sex, madness, morbidity and obscurity. Discuss. There seem to be a number of common themes running through all of Plaths poems, which encapsulate her personal attitudes and feelings of life at the time she wrote them. Of these themes, the most prevalent are: sex, madness, morbidity and obscurity. The whole concept of sex to Plath appears to be a very disturbed and resentful one. This is conveyed strongly through the poem Maudlin (a poem about self-pity) in which Plath evokes her bitterness toward masculinity with the aid of the two characters, the Virgin and Jack. Jack is described as having a "crackless egg" an ...
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  • Lady Lazarus By Sylvia Plath - 450 words
    Lady Lazarus By Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath uses a diverse array of stylistic devices in "Lady Lazarus," among them allusion, apostrophe, extended metaphor, and irony, in order to develop the speaker as a character. Those three poetic devices are particularly evident in lines 65-79 of"Lady Lazarus." In the New Testament of the Bible, Lazarus is a man who rises from the dead at the command of Jesus Christ (John 11:38). The title of this poem, "Lady Lazarus"(the "Lady" without a doubt referring to Plath herself, as this is an example of confessional poetry; the "Lazarus" being an allusion to the biblical figure) is an accurate indicator of the content of the poem. "Lady Lazarus" is about Plath's ...
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  • Metaphors By Sylvia Plath - 645 words
    Metaphors By Sylvia Plath In Sylvia Plaths poem, "Metaphors," the speaker describes a negative event in which she is experiencing pregnancy. Her choice of words and phrases express her feelings about the pregnancy as well as the structure of the poem. In her poem, Plath chooses many metaphors to describe her pregnancy. I felt that these metaphors were describing something that she was not enjoying or looking forward to. The objects she chose to use to express her feelings gave me an uncomfortable feeling of the pregnancy. The line in which she refers to a"ponderous house" brings me to a vision of shelter. I feel that she is sheltering something, but has to think deeply about sheltering this ...
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  • Mirror By Silvia Plath - 383 words
    Mirror By Silvia Plath By just reading the profound poem Mirror by Silvia Plath I am currently in a moment of weakness. As clich as it might sound, it is utterly true. It is one of those pieces that will pull you in deep, but wont release until it is good and ready. It is that telling. It speaks the truth. By truly appreciating what Sylvia has presented, I will try to interpret every line. She first describes the mirror, it doesnt stereotype, and whatever approaches is neutral. The image quickly appears without a hint of second-guessing, the mirror does not dismiss or like the image, again it stays neutral. It doesnt exacerbate the object just sees and spews it back the way it is. These last ...
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  • Sylvia Plath And The Bell Jar - 741 words
    Sylvia Plath And The Bell Jar In The Bell Jar, originally published under the pseudonym of Victoria Lucas, Sylvia Plath was recording much of her personal experience. Plath was born on October 27, 1932. Her brother, Warren Joseph Plath, was born in 1935. When Plath was five years old, her family moved to Winthrop, Massachusetts, where she was a model student. However, in 1940, her father Otto Plath died of pneumonia and complications from diabetes. Plath won many awards, both local and national, for her writing in the years after her father's death. During her teens, she met a classmate named Richard Willard. Later, she dated his older brother, Buddy. In 1950, Sylvia Plath entered Smith Coll ...
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  • Sylvia Plath Daddy - 1,089 words
    Sylvia Plath "Daddy" As a poet Sylvia Plath has been renowned for her style of writing and the power she evokes from her ideas in her poems. The themes of her poems tend to be of a negative nature with war, death and the problem of patriarchal societies as such topics. One of Plath's most famous pieces of poetry is Daddy. The poem focuses on Plath's father, a man who left her at an early age resulting in a burning hatred on her behalf for him. Daddy is an example of Plath's dark and gloomy work and also displays her common poetic devices of vivid imagery, metaphors, similes and irregularity throughout her poems. Ideally everybody deserves to grow up with two living parents, however Plath was ...
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  • Sylvia Plath's The Elm Speaks - 1,047 words
    Sylvia Plath's "The Elm Speaks" Dutch elm disease is one of the most devastating shade tree diseases the earth has ever seen. It is a wilt disease with an extremely high fatality rate. The disease is characterized by gradual yellowing of the leaves and defoliation. This is caused be a fungus which is transmitted from diseased trees to healthy trees by insects known as bark beetles. In the 1962 villanelle "The Elm Speaks" confessionalist Sylvia Plath compares her depressed emotional state with Dutch elm disease, which killed millions of Elm trees around the world. In the fourteen stanza poem written only one year before her suicide, a bitter Plath cries out with pain. The theme of depression ...
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  • Sylvia Plath's The Elm Speaks - 1,112 words
    ... by a cry", the cry signifies the her need for love. Afterwards, in stanza eleven the "dark thing" she is afraid of represents the need for love she feels inside. Lastly, the "knowledge" she has become "incapable of" in stanza thirteen symbolizes that she can no longer stand the pain she has learned to accept. The metaphors Plath uses throughout the poem help to create a clear image of the hurt she feels within. "The Elm Speaks" fits many of the characteristics of a villanelle. A villanelle is a type of poem having only two strategically placed inner rhymes. This poem has one at the beginning and one at the end. The first are fear and hear in the third and fourth line, and the second wil ...
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  • The Mirror By Sylvia Plath - 310 words
    The Mirror by Sylvia Plath There is a noticeable comparison between the poem "The Mirror" By Sylvia Plath & the article "Barbie" that appeared in the Newsday Tuesday November 18, 1997. The comparison is about how people look, and how society could reflect how you may feel about your looks. In the poem "The Mirror" it tells about a lady who dislikes the way she looks. She thinks of herself as being ugly. In the article it tells how Mattel (the makers of Barbie) want to change the looks & features of Barbie. The reason for wanting to change the looks is because the makers of Barbie made Barbie to pretty. Compared to normal people. Now being pretty is not a bad thing. But for little girls growi ...
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  • Updike, Beatti, Rothke And Plath - 544 words
    Updike, Beatti, Rothke And Plath 20th Century Attitude 20th century writers dealt with many issues and themes throughout their writing. The authors that I have chosen to look at are Updike, Beatti, Rothke and Plath. These authors and their works will each be evaluated by how they deal with the subjects love, death, loss and passing of time. The short story " Separating " by John Updike deals with the subject of love and I also believe it deals with the themes " quest for identity" and " alienation and nausea ". The story talks about how two parents are going through the process of telling their children that they are going to separate. This is important to them because they do love their chi ...
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  • Anne Sexton - 1,246 words
    Anne Sexton Anne Sexton The third decade of the twentieth century brought on more explicit writers than ever before, but none were as expressive as Anne Sexton. Her style of writing, her works, the image that she created, and the crazy life that she led are all prime examples of this. Known as one of the most "confessional" poets of her time, Anne Sexton was also one of the most criticized. She was known to use images of incest, adultery, and madness to reveal the depths of her deeply troubled life, which often brought on much controversy. Despite this, Anne went on to win many awards and go down as one of the best poets of all time. Anne Sexton was born Anne Gray Harvey on November 9, 1928 ...
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  • Barbie Dolls And Self Image - 329 words
    Barbie dolls and Self Image Matchmaker.com: Sign up now for a free trial. Date Smarter! Barbie dolls and Self Image There is a noticeable comparison between the poem "The Mirror" By Sylvia Plath & the article "Barbie" that appeared in the Newsday Tuesday November 18, 1997. The comparison is about how people look, and how society could reflect how you may feel about your looks. In the poem "The Mirror" it tells about a lady who dislikes the way she looks. She thinks of herself as being ugly. In the article it tells how Mattel (the makers of Barbie) want to change the looks & features of Barbie. The reason for wanting to change the looks is because the makers of Barbie made Barbie to p ...
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  • Bell Jar Summary - 908 words
    Bell Jar Summary Many have paralleled Sylvia Plath's novel, The Bell Jar, to her very own life. Plath is known for her tormented life of constant depression and disappointments, causing her to end her life early at the young age of 30. The time frame in which the book is in matches the times when she is enlisted in many mental institutes and ultimately her suicide. The story of Esther Greenwood also tells the feelings and emotions of Sylvia Plath. Other characters in the novel are said to be in relation to characters in the author's life. The novel begins where Esther is just about halfway through her job as Mademoiselle, a fashion magazine. She and many other girls received this opportunity ...
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  • Daddy, Vampires, Black Hearts - 685 words
    Daddy, Vampires, Black Hearts In the poem Daddy, Sylvia Plath says that there are women who, due to early conditioning, find themselves without the tools to deal with oppressive and controlling men. They are left feeling helpless and hopeless. For some women, the struggle is never resolved, others take most of a lifetime. For a lucky few, they are granted a reprieve. The speaker in this poem is Sylvia Plath. The poem describes her feelings of oppression and her battle to come to grips with the issues of this power imbalance. The poem also conjures the struggle many women face in a male dominated society. The conflict of this poem is male authority and control versus the right of a female to ...
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  • Depression - 1,966 words
    Depression Disease There is a disease out there that can be more harmful to families than AIDS, it can cause more pain and suffering to the individual afflicted with the disease than anything anybody could dream of, this disease is so rare, that less than one percent of the people in the nation( National...Ill, 2), the disease is Manic Depression, also known as Bipolar. Bipolar is a disease that is common, but yet very few people are aware of it and know its symptoms. I was one of those people who knew about Bipolar, but really done know its affect on a person and those people around him. Bipolar is a disease that has lot to be discovered. Although it has been around for a while, it is still ...
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  • Edna Millay - 738 words
    Edna Millay Edna St. Vincent Millay defied the times in which a woman was to operate, in her life style, and in her poems, "Renascence", "My candle burns at both ends", and "I forgot in Camelot, the man I loved in Rome." She was one of the best known poets of the 1900's. Her poems were said to be delicate but outspoken (World book 1968). While in school in addition to being an exceptional student her teachers also considered her to be a particularly bad student, because teachers would give lectures and she would interrupt asking acute questions. Overall, Millay was a very odd lady for her time (Gurko 59). This was because she was a "free woman", which was a symbolic figure in the late 18 and ...
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