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  • Sylvia Plath - 503 Words
    Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Sylvia Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, even though the two later split. Plath published her first poem at the age of eight and she committed her first attempt to suicide at age ten. However, beneath the surface of her seeming perfect there were some grave depressions, some which probably were caused by the death of her father, when she was eight. In the poem Daddy by Sylvia Plath Sylvia began to explain her...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1514 Words
    A relationship is an emotional connection to someone involving an interaction between two or more people. There are many types of relationships, some functional and others far from being workable. I will demonstrate this through my texts of; Little Fugue, and Morning Song both poems written by Sylvia Plath; the movie, Love Actually; and the book, Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce. Little Fugue by Sylvia Plath is my first example of how we all perceive our different relationships. This poem...
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  • Sylvia plath - 1404 Words
    Background Information Sylvia Plath lived from October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963. She was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Plath suffered from depression for much of her adult life, and in 1963 she committed suicide. The poem, "Mad Girl's Love Song", was written by Sylvia Plath. This poem has a theme of suicide as an escape. The author, Sylvia Plath, is writing this song from her own personal view. There are many places where the theme of...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 830 Words
     The “father figure” in Sylvia Plath’s poetry “Daddy” This brings out a strong obsession of a daughter towards her father, with a deep-rooted sexual instinct as an undercurrent. It is not easy to overlook this aspect of Sylvia Plath's poetry, though many critics have blown this out of proportion. Pomes like 'Daddy', 'Cut' and 'Fever' can be analyzed from the sensitive angle of 'love-hate' relationship from a sensitive feminine poet. But when it comes to reading of 'The Colossus', 'Lady...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 2305 Words
    ------------------------------------------------- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together, Frieda and Nicholas. Plath...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1058 Words
    Price Page 1 Sylvia Plath, a complex poet, a complex mind. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 and committed suicide on February 11, 1963. During this short thirty years, many works were provided that served as a window into one fragile mind. Years of mental stability acted as a catalyst for the production of many famous works. Although it is still difficult to analyze Plath's mind, its products are still being cherished and praised. Plath published many works in her lifetime, yet...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1102 Words
    One of the most common literary arts that are used worldwide is poetry. It is a way of creative writing that can allow a human being to express themselves, sometimes not straightforward, however in a more abstract way. Sylvia Plath was a 20th century American poet, novelist and short story writer. (Snider) Controversy still continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy. Two poems that best demonstrate her style of confessional poetry are “Mirror” and...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 3962 Words
    Sylvia Plath Infamous for her use of oven gas for a method of suicide while her children were at play, Sylvia Plath was an American confessional poet, novelist and short story writer. After suffering from depression from the age of 20 and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround the events of her life and death, as well as her writing and legacy. Plath’s poems reflect the events throughout her life. Sylvia Plath's early poems exhibit what...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1899 Words
    Sylvia Plath (October 27, 1932 – February 11, 1963) was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she studied at Smith College and Newnham College, Cambridge, before receiving acclaim as a professional poet and writer. She married fellow poet Ted Hughes in 1956 and they lived together first in the United States and then England, having two children together, Frieda and Nicholas. Plath suffered from depression for much of her adult life,[1] and in 1963 she...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 543 Words
    Women are the weaker sex naturally. One who lives under a men's control. Females will be manipulated by men from birth until death as well. The main difference between how men and women are treated at the workplace could be in their pay. Men typically earn more than women in similar positions. According from the historians ladies in the 14th to 19th centuries one taught that they are define by sexual identity. They are to be nurturers, care-takers, housekeepers and hostesses. One said that...
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  • Sylvia plath - 1202 Words
    ‘Sylvia Plath’s poetry is full of her deep doubts and fears which she reveals with startling honesty.’ Do you agree with this statement of her poetry? Write a response, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the poems on your course. Yes, I agree with the above statement. Although she died at the mere age of thirty, Sylvia Plath gained from her large amount of poetry much of which was published after her death. Her works have impacted the lives of many of her readers, leaving...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1525 Words
    ‘Plath’s poems seethe with anger, hope, desire and disappointment. Her poems reveal a perspective and a language use that are utterly unique’. Sylvia Plath poetry is unique because of her use of language and the perspective and themes she explores, creating powerful images and original metaphorical ideas to evoke a strong climax of feelings which express the struggles she experienced in her own personal life. Her poems ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Daddy’ are confessional poems that use contemporary...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 3478 Words
    Research Paper 5 December 2013 Sylvia Plath: A Poetic Genius What makes a good poet? Having an imagination? Natural talent? Being a hard worker? Or oddly enough, can it be personal suffering and victimization? “Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through” (Plath 80) is what Sylvia Plath emotionally portrays in her admired poem, “Daddy”. This is the last line of the poem, also being one of the last lines she would ever write in her life. Sylvia Plath excelled in school since she was a child; she...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1192 Words
    Sylvia Plath, Exam Question. The poetry of Sylvia Plath is intense and quite disturbing. Discuss I agree with the statement that Sylvia Plath’s poems are filled with intense and disturbing thoughts. Plath’s poetry is intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing. Plath has a dark mind filled with doubts and demons of all shapes and sizes which provides rich imagery to draw from. The best poems to describe the disturbing experience are ‘Child’, ’Black Rook in Rainy Weather’, ‘Morning Song’,...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 2207 Words
    On October 27th, 1932 a legendary poet was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Little did the world know that this poet, Sylvia Plath, would forever change literature. As the daughter of Otto Plath and Aurella Scholber, Sylvia Plath struggled throughout her life. She found a love for writing and exhibited her talent for words early on. She started school early and began writing poems at the age of five. From then on, Plath’s passion for words influenced her life greatly. In addition to writing, love...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 622 Words
    * NAME: Sylvia Plath * OCCUPATION: Academic, Editor, Author, Poet * BIRTH DATE: October 27, 1932 * DEATH DATE: February 11, 1963 * EDUCATION: Smith College, Cambridge University * PLACE OF BIRTH: Boston, Massachusetts * PLACE OF DEATH: London, England Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, although the two later split. The depressive Plath committed suicide in 1963, garnering accolades...
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  • Sylvia Plath - 1931 Words
    FEBRUARY 11, 1963. It was the coldest, wettest and most miserable winter in decades. Her fever reached extraordinary heights, her sinuses were bruised and blocked, and she was alone. Alone in the midst of motherhood, caring for her two sick children; the oldest was nearly three and the youngest, nearly one. (Jamaica Plain, 1970) Handling material so violent in nature - it was almost like terrorism where you risk the bomb blowing up in your face. She was pushing on the friable edge risking that...
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  • Sylvia Plath Theme of Honesty
    Jade Bevan Word count: 2821 ‘Plath uses honesty in the character or ‘Esther’ to reflect her personal anxieties’. Explore the theme of honesty in ‘The Bell Jar’ by Sylvia Plath and Emily Dickinson’s ‘Selected Poems’. In the course of your writing show how your ideas have been illuminated by your response to ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger and other readings of both texts. The theme of honesty is one that is echoed throughout all three of the authors writing, but is expressed in...
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  • Sylvia Plath s Ariel
    Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ can be seen as liberating because of her tone and specific literary techniques used to describe her homosexual love affair. Plath was dealing with her divorce from Ted Hughes when this poem was originally written (1962) and hence she seems to have been set ‘free’ by this. We can see this in the line “Godiva, I unpeel –“ The use of the allusion in this tercet allows the reader to link the tale of Godiva to the newfound freedom possessed by Plath. The enjambment, which...
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  • Analysis of the Edge by Sylvia Plath
    Analysis of the Edge by Silvia Plath Sylvia Plath wrote the poem “Edge” six days prior to committing suicide on 11th day of February1963. According to Alexander (1991:214) the poem is alleged to be the author’s last work. The form bears an exciting feature: It has ten stanzas, with each having only two lines, seized in an enjambment. The second line of every stanza is at all times half of the building and denotation of the first line of the subsequent stanza. Therefore, the break of...
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  • Sylvia Plath Poem Analysis
     Sylvia Plath draws upon her personal experiences to blend a range of powerful emotions, weaving them cleverly throughout her poems. ‘Lady Lazarus’ and ‘Daddy’ explore her intimate struggles and how the abandonment and betrayal of masculine figures in her life shaped her views on life and death. Her carefully selected language is crucial in exhibiting her feelings about the oppression of herself as a woman and her demand of dominance over the men around her. The protagonist of ‘Lady...
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  • Metaphors - Sylvia Plath - 677 Words
    Metaphors by Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath is well known for her confessional style of writing. Her poem ‘Metaphors’ was written in the 1960’s and expresses her self-loathing during pregnancy. Unlike many poets, Plath isn’t afraid to express her inner feelings throughout her work and explore herself within her poetry. In her poem ‘Metaphors’ Plath uses the ‘I’ voice to make her writing deeply personal and convey her pessimistic attitude towards her body image during pregnancy. ‘Metaphors’ is...
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  • Sylvia Plath: an American Poet
    Sylvia Plath was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer. She was born in Boston Massachusetts on October 27th 1932. She struggled deeply with depression much of her adult life, stemming from the death of her father at age eight. Aside from her depression, Sylvia excelled academically at Smith College, and because of that went on to receive a Fulbright scholarship to the highly competitive Newham College in Cambridge. She continued actively writing poetry and publishing her work in...
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  • Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath
    The main difference between Plath’s and Hughes’ poetry, is that Plath writes about her own experiences. Whereas Hughes experience is second hand, he writes about his own pain though Plath’s experiences. In the poem Daddy, Plath is talking about her childhood. She is writing as she remembers it. On the other hand the way Hughes writes Tender place is through Plath’s experience of electrocution. The Poem ‘Daddy’ is set in Sylvia’s childhood. It is a very violent and conflicted poem. She is...
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  • Sylvia Plath as Social Critic
    Brianna Philbrick Professor Hardy Writing 150 Paper 3 May 3, 2011 “As If Domesticity Had Choked Me”: A Close Look at Sylvia Plath as a Social Critic Poems in Plath’s late collection Ariel, including "Purdah," "Cut," and "Lesbos" all show criticism towards images of domesticity and patriarchal society. Read as confessional, these poems can be interpreted to show Plath's personal resentment towards men and domesticity, but read as allegorical, could show Plath's genius as a social critic,...
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  • Sylvia Plath Poetry Comparison
    Poetry Comparison: Sylvia Plath ‘Daddy’, a poem written by Sylvia Plath, was written just four months before her suicide and describes a girl’s rough relationship with her father. Some believe that the poem might also be a reference to her husband, Ted Hughes, who she also had a very up-and-down relationship with. The poem attracted some rage from critics on account of its use of the Holocaust as a metaphor for the father-daughter relationship described. There is enough material from Plath’s...
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  • The Life of Sylvia Plath - 555 Words
    Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 In Massachusetts. She published her first poem at 8 years old. She was a perfectionist and an ideal student. Her father died when she was eight and that’s when she started to change. She attempted suicide in college by overdosing on sleeping pills, but once she recovered she became successful in literacy. She wrote over 400 poem while in college. She married Ted Hughes in 1965, and a year later, at age 28 she published her first book, The Colossus, in England....
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  • Sylvia Plath Final - 1236 Words
    Rebecca Wayne Ms. Arnold English 3° May 1st, 2012 Sylvia Plath Research Paper What made Sylvia Plath think it was okay to hurt her mother and kids by committing suicide? Her whole life was a struggle, with all depression she went through. Sylvia getting denied, being depressed, the death of her father, and her miscarriage had pushed her to do what she had done. Sylvia had a rough childhood without her father, who passed away when she was eight years old. When she was refused admission to...
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  • Sylvia Plath Research Paper
    Students Literary Perspectives MWF 11:30-12:30 Professor April 11, 2014 Her Last Goodbye Sylvia Plath's poetry reflects her prolonged battle against depression, brought on by the men in her life and society. Death is one of the significant and recurrent themes in her poetry. Her late poetry, collected in the book Ariel, includes some of the best-known contemporary poems in the English language, including "Daddy," "Lady Lazarus," and "Ariel." The darkly lyric poems are intensely personal and...
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  • Mirror Sylvia Plath - 1000 Words
    Adida 1ere ES.1 Lucie Review of Criticism: “Mirror” of Sylvia Plath. Freedman, William. “ The Monster in Plath’s ‘Mirror,’ “ in Papers on Language and literature, Vol 29, No. 2 Spring, 1993 pp.152-66. William Freedman describes “Mirror” as a search for the self, to discover one self in the person of the mirror. The fish that appears in the mirror is the...
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  • A Biography of Sylvia Plath - 693 Words
    Quick Facts about Sylvia Plath Directions: Read the short bio below and choose FIVE INTERESTING FACTS about Plath’s life that you think may have influenced her writing. WRITE THEM DOWN at the bottom of the document and be prepared to discuss them in class! OCCUPATION: Academic, Editor, Author, Poet BIRTH DATE: October 27, 1932 DEATH DATE: February 11, 1963 EDUCATION: Smith College, Cambridge University PLACE OF BIRTH: Boston, Massachusetts PLACE OF DEATH: London, England Best...
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  • "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath
    Joshua Huling “Mirror” “Mirror” is a poem by Sylvia Plath. It is spoken in a first person style from the perspective of a mirror, and later a lake. A woman has been looking into both the mirror and the lake at her own reflection. She seems to be almost consumed with the reflection and later in life she is upset by what she sees, as she is ageing. The poem is rife with figurative language. After analyzing the poem, we find that the mirror is truth, indifferent to the woman’s ageing or what...
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  • Sylvia Plath Poetry - 415 Words
    Plath notes: Why does Sylvia Plath’s poetry have textual integrity (i.e. unity)? * Context – Plath’s and yours * Informed PERSONAL understanding IDEAS * CONSTRUCTION * LANGUAGE FEATURES * SIGNIFICANCE Context: 1. Plath wrote in the early 1960’s 2. Plath suffered from depression and Bi-Polar, pervious to her main period of writing, she had on one occasion attempted suicide. 3. Plath loves and cares for her children, maternal instincts and influence. 4....
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  • Mirror by Sylvia Plath, Analysis
    The use of Personification and Metaphor in ‘Mirror’ In the Poem ‘Mirror’ by Sylvia Plath, there is a continuing theme of change. In the beginning the changes are simple, like the acts of day turning to night, but at the end we see the life changes of a woman in particular. Through the use of metaphor and personification in the poem, Plath creates images of water, reflections, and colors as having human characteristics to emphasize the strong theme of change throughout the poem. From the...
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  • Poppies in July - Sylvia Plath
    Poppies in July - Sylvia Plath “Poppies in July” is a short poem written in free verse. Its fifteen lines are divided into eight stanzas. The first seven stanzas are couplets, and the eighth consists of a single line. The title presents an image of natural life at its most intense—at the height of summer. It evokes a pastoral landscape and suggests happiness, if not joy or passion. The title is ironic, however, because the poem is not a hymn to nature but a hallucinatory projection of the...
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  • Sylvia Plath - Memories - 1109 Words
    Sylvia Plath was a successful writer of confessional poetry, who was known for taking her experiences from her past to add to her work. She adds her personal memories and her own experiences to enhance her writing and gives that personal feel and opens the content up to deep speculation and understanding. Through her writing we can analyse her mental state, her feelings, as well as applying different understandings to each poem. She draws to light the concept of memory, how it shapes what we...
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  • Sylvia Plath Essays - 33382 Words
     On "Daddy" Robert Phillips Finally the one way the poet was to achieve relief, to become an independent Self, was to kill her father’s memory, which, in "Daddy," she does by a metaphorical murder. Making him a Nazi and herself a Jew, she dramatizes the war in her soul. It is a terrible poem, full of blackness, and one of the most nakedly confessional poems ever written. From its opening image onward, that of the father as an "old shoe" in which the daughter has lived for thirty years—an...
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  • Sylvia Plath the Thin People
    Stories like “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Legend of Narcissus”, that dictate against the repercussions of being vain have been circulating for years and appear in almost every religion or culture. In fact, folklore, fairytales and other fictitious pieces that attempt to preach against having an obsession with one’s image have been passed down generation to generation. One would assume that such didactic material concerning vanity would have dhfjsdfhkd, the obsession with self-image has...
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  • Tone in Sylvia Plath Poem
    Tone in “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath In “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath, the speaker is represented as a mirror that reflects the life and actions of another human being. The speaker develops a casually detached tone right from the beginning of the poem, but also portrays an accepting mood by the end of the work. These tones and moods are expressed through the use of diction, punctuation, metaphors, and imagery. The tone of this poem fluctuates and makes it difficult for the reader to grasp the emotions...
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  • Daddy by Sylvia Plath - 1080 Words
    Daddy by Sylvia Plath AS Literature Task speak in present tense but talk about father in past In her 1962 poem 'Daddy' Sylvia Plath uses an array of simple language, passionate emotions and personal experiences to create work that helps us observe the resolution of her father's death and the ensuing freedom she obtained from finding this closure. This specific poem was written only 4 months before her impending suicide and is highly autobiographical in nature. The discussion of her...
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  • Sylvia Plath Daddy Essay
    Sylvia Plath was born to middle class family in Massachusetts. Plath published her first poem when she was 8.She was bright, sensitive, was a perfectionist at everything she attempted. She was a brilliant kid, getting A grades in school, winning the top prizes. She was a model daughter. By 1950 when she joined Smith College she already had an remarkable list of publication. However Sylvia’s perfection was only superficial. Under this lay personal issues some of which probably were the result...
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  • Sylvia Plath "Daddy" - 1223 Words
    “Daddy” – Sylvia Plath (Poetry Analysis 1) Plath, best known for her confessional poetry is credited to have written the poem “Daddy” in the year, 1962. However, it was posthumously published in 1965. The use of explicit imagery throughout the poem reflects her style. Using the Holocaust as a metaphor, Plath gives the poem its much-intended nightmarish quality suggestive of her complex relationship with her father, Otto Plath. “Daddy” is almost potentially autobiographical in the sense that...
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  • Mirror by Sylvia Plath - 1180 Words
    “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath shows the shallowness and superficial concerns of women through the personification and the description of a mirror reflecting a woman’s life and her character. The poem is narrated by the mirror, which doesn’t provide an unbiased and impartial view on its character contrary to what the mirror claims. The poem has a balanced structure with two verses mirroring each other. This emphasizes the idea of the first stanza, which describes the mirror, reflecting the second...
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  • Sylvia Plath Poetry Notes
    Sylvia Plath Plath’s poetry depicts her quest for poetic inspiration and vision: In her early poems, like ‘Black Rook’, Plath sees inspiration as transcendent, something that would announce itself to her from the external world. Plath’s language implies that she awaits a visitation of beauty, like the Annunciation by the angel in the Bible. Plath longs for an occasional ‘portent’ or ‘back talk from the mute sky’. She doesn’t believe in religious epiphany; but she uses Christian language as an...
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  • Sylvia Plath Comparison Essay
    Comparison: Sylvia Plath’s “Tulips” and Mary Oliver’s “Poppies” Throughout time females have found it hard to achieve acceptance and accreditation in the world of poetry. However, two American female poets, who were born in the 1930’s, did make a name for themselves. During this era of rapidly changing gender roles, social values and world politics, these women were able to produce a rich variety of poetry. These poets are known for their driven personalities and their captivating poems about...
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  • Mirror by Sylvia Plath - 673 Words
    In the poem "Mirror", Sylvia Plath employs many different poetic devices to develop her message that people need the truth although it may be hurtful. Plath uses a mirror and then a lake as a metaphor for the truth. She also makes the mirror come alive with personification, simile and metonymy. These other devices are important to the poem and the scene it creates, but the mirror being a metaphor for truth is the most important. The poem is basically about a woman looking into a mirror. As...
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  • Initiation Sylvia Plath - 912 Words
    Chantal Chau Analysis of a Key Passage, Initiation by Sylvia Plath In Initiation by Sylvia Plath, the author suggests that conformity and having friends is a wonderful idea, yet the idea of having an individual identity and being an individual is stronger. In the excerpt, Millicent is slowly realizing that conforming and being a part of a sorority is not as exciting as it sounds, and being an individual offers more opportunities to become a unique person. Millicent is an average girl who...
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  • A commentary of "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath
    "Daddy", one of Plaths most famous and detailed autobiographical poems, was written in the last years of her life and is saturated with suppressed anger and dark imagery. The sixteen stanza poem, through Plaths use of ambiguous symbolism, arguably is bitterly addressing Plaths father, who died when she was only eight, and her husband Ted Hughes, who had broken her "pretty red heart in two" (st.12, line 1). The poem is intense with once suppressed emotion, setting an aggressive, desperate, almost...
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  • The Life of Sylvia Plath - 1006 Words
    The Life of Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath's life, like her manic depression, constantly jumped between Heaven and Hell. Her seemingly perfect exterior hid a turbulent and deeply troubled spirit. A closer look at her childhood and personal experiences removes some element of mystery from her writings. One central character to Sylvia Plath's poems is her father, Professor Otto Emile Plath. Otto Plath was diabetic and refused to stay away from foods restricted by his doctor. As a...
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  • Daddy By Sylvia Plath - 800 Words
     成绩 Critical Analysis on “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath 课程名称 美国现代诗歌 授课教师 吴杨 院 系 应用英语学院 年级专业 二年级 比较文学与世界文学 姓 名 蘑丽得尔 学 号 136440903 时 间 2014/12/10 Critical Analysis on Sylvia Plath’s...
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  • Writing Styles of Sylvia Plath
    The Life and Writings of Sylvia Plath After reading and discussing many poets and their written work, I have realized that not only pain, but any emotion that the poet is feeling, plays a large part in how the poems express themselves through their writing. I have chosen to explore Sylvia Plath and the poems she has written and how her pain and personal experiences have influenced her poetry. Similar to many other authors of the twentieth century, Sylvia Plath’s writing was influenced...
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  • Explication of "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath
    “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath is a poem narrated from the perspective of a mirror. Within this poem, there is a clash between truth and perception. This idea is first presented through the form of the stanzas where the mirror is “silver and exact” (Plath 1) then when the mirror is “now [...] a lake” (10). The poem then illustrates how even the truthful mirror has preconceptions. Then finally how the woman, who comes every morning to look in the mirror often deludes herself with “those liars, the...
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  • Mirror: Sylvia Plath - 1080 Words
    Mirror – Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath is the author of the poem “Mirror”, written in the early 1960s. Plath had a history of severe depression due to her father's death when she was a child and her failed attempts of suicide throughout her life. Many of her poems reflect her emotions, whether they are sad, angry or depressing, and “Mirror” is one of those poems. “Mirror” deals with the topic of a woman's self-consciousness and her vanity in a way that is unusual, yet very effective to the...
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  • sylvia plath poetry - 1062 Words
    Studying the work of renowned poet Sylvia Plath makes for a wonderful experience and there are certainly multiple merits to be gained from reading her poetry. I felt I was being given an insight into not only someone else’s mind but also into other forms of poetry as it is disturbing but something readers can relate to. I was given a glimpse into the turmoil she felt as a result of such intensely personal work. She explores issues such as motherhood, contemporary society and her intensely...
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  • Mirror by Sylvia Plath - 820 Words
    The poem “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath is told from the point of view of a mirror hanging up on a wall. This mirror has, over time, been privy to the tears of a woman over who she sees in it, desperate grasps at moonlit lies, and the endless speculations of a pink with speckles wall. “Mirror” is a poem that probes into the corners of human nature, beauty, life, and death, reflecting back their truths to readers as good mirrors do. In this poem, readers can see the truth about themselves reflected...
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  • The Life of Sylvia Plath - 1258 Words
    Sylvia Plath was born near Boston, Massachusetts on October 27, 1932. She was the daughter of Otto and Aurelia Plath and she had a younger brother named Warren. She wrote fiction as well as poetry during her lifetime. Plath lived a very short life that was tainted with several dreadful events. Sylvia Plath had to deal with the death of her father, an awful marriage, various suicide attempts, and bouts of depression. Plath used her life experiences in her writings to evoke feeling from her...
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  • Sylvia Plath Research - 2581 Words
    Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 during the peak of the great depression when unemployment soared over 20%. Although she was subject to a life filled with hardships and anguish, Sylvia allowed those hardships to shape her as a socially adept young woman. Plath excelled academically, and allowed her writing to be influenced by her rough past. After marrying a fellow poet Ted Hughs and having two children, she published hundreds of works that told of her tragic life and unreasonable thoughts. Soon,...
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  • Is Sylvia Plath a Good Writer?
    According to Vladimir Nabokov, in an essay entitled “Good Readers and Good Writers,” there are specific traits that make up a good writer. One looking to be a great writer should be “considered as a storyteller, as a teacher, and as an enchanter” (1007). Sylvia Plath is a good writer, because she meets each of his expectations. Nabokov was primarily educated at the prestigious Trinity College, Cambridge. He lectured and taught at Stanford University, Wellesley College, and Cornell University,...
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  • Essay "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath
    In the poem “Mirror” Sylvia Plath reflects the way society puts pressure on the way you look and can destroy you. “Mirror” is a poem told in first person by the reflection in the mirror. I believe that the mirror, the lake, and the woman are all one. She is judging herself the whole time through different objects, talking as if she is the mirror, the woman, and the lake. Sylvia Plath proves her point in the first stanza by describing how she feels about herself through the mirror. Plath...
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  • Sylvia Plath Research Paper
    Sylvia Plath: Dying to be Young As Emily Dickinson once said, “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” Sylvia Plath foreshadowed many different things in her poetry that reflect the difficult experiences she endured in life. Her father’s death and her husband’s abandonment influenced her writing in several different of her poems. Plath’s suicidal tendencies and the deep depressions she suffered also led to some of her darkest and more cynical poems. Her work is...
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  • Research Paper on Sylvia Plath
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  • Compare and Contrast of Sylvia Plath and Sharon Olds
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  • Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath: Minds of Distortion and Darkness
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