Sylvia Plath

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Plath herself said that her poetry ‘come immediately out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have’. Write a short essay on how Plath expresses those experiences in her poetry. Support your discussion with quotation from or reference to the poems you have studied.

For the purpose of this essay I am going to discuss how Sylvia Plath’s poetry allows me to journey with her through personal experiences, and emotions that she feels. This is achieved by several features of her poetry, such as enjambment, the seriousness of her poetry and at times disturbing imagery. Plath was – be consistent in the tense that you are using – you said how Plath feels earlier and here you say Plath was – an artisan, dedicated to her craft. Plath’s life was emotionally complicated and complex. Plath was born in Boston; her father was a professor of biology at Boston University.

He later figured as a major image of persecution in some of his daughter’s best well known poems. His death in 1940 had a profound effect on her, so great that she lost all hope in the existence of God as he took her father away. He suffered terribly before he died and that cause a lot of stress in the family – just another point you might add if you wish. Plath excelled in school and began to plan diligently at a young age for her writing career. At the end of college, when Plath was twenty one she attempted suicide. Later on in her life, she married Ted Hughes who was a famous writer. Her marriage and perfect life went crumbling to pieces when Hughes cheated on her and wanted a divorce, leaving Plath in a numb state of mind. To illustrate this the poems I shall use to show how Plath’s poetry speaks of her sensuous and emotional experiences are ‘Morning Song’, ‘Child’, ‘Mirror’, ‘Elm’, ‘Poppies in July’ and ‘Arrival of the bee box’. You probably focus too much on her biography – there won’t be time in the exam to reproduce all this detail.

As I read through Plath’s poetry I noticed that it had a...
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