Sylvia Plath What are the overarching themes of Sylvia Plath’s poetry? How does she channel her frustrations into her work? Throughout Slyvia Plath’s life she had to face several different complications which lead to how she lived. Due to the there are several overarching themes that is presented throughout her poems some of these themes include suicide, revenge and her struggle to survive under the influence of male figures. Through Slyvia Plath’s poetry we were able to see these themes demonstrated, two poems in which exhibit these themes are ‘Daddy’ and ‘Lady Lazarus’.
We all think love is a main purpose for living; that an intimate connection is inherent in all that we do, and without love, we cannot survive as a species. But what is love, and how do we know that we've fallen in love? First, let's begin with what love isn't. IT DEFINITELY ISN'T... Manipulation - "If you loved me, then you would..." (isn't love, but rather infatuation.)
Only exhibiting characteristics of love, like sexual desire, cannot be used as a determination of love. Love can only be reached through the aspirations of lovers using the power of love. In Tristan and Iseult, the two accomplish many feats that seem worthy of love. However strong these
Cosign Your Love: The Variations of Emotion in Ovid’s Metamorphoses Love, of many kinds, runs abound in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, though the end results are not always pleasant for those involved. The dictionary definition of love does not always refer to the emotion in a romantic or affectionate manner. Love can refer to a partner, a lover, a friend or a family member. Yet, it can also mean a strong need for something, as if love is one’s lifeline – or in some cases, cause of death. Like most stories in Metamorphoses, every story in Book III and Book IV always somehow wind back to the king of gods, Jupiter, whether it is through family connections or his own romantic (or tyrannical) conquests.
From the first section, ‘Touch Me, Life, Not Softly’, we are immediately introduced to the painful aspects of being in a romantic relationship. In her poem, ‘A Kind of Love, Some Say’ it discusses the complexity of being abused by the one you love. The title itself suggests it’s still considered as love however it’s a different “Kind”. This shows how humans, despite how bad some circumstances are, need to feel like they are loved. In Angelou’s eye’s it’s clear the term love doesn’t have one definition simply because love can be defined in many ways so everyone will have their own perception.
When reading this poem it seems short and a bit confusing to the reader, but once the reader finds something to apply it to, doors open to many new meanings. The poem contains a theme of madness against sanity, and remains open to a variety of deeper meanings. I applied this poem to Amy Tans book, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, because both the poem and the book contain a theme of rebellion, as well as madness. The Bonesetter’s Daughter focuses on the relationship experienced between a mother and her daughter. The book goes through three different time phrases from modern day California to the lives of Precious Auntie and Luling, and then transitions to Ruth understanding more about her mother and the wonderful person she didn’t see her for when she was growing up.
These forces that drive people to behave or feel a certain way are not associated with the positive when dealing with the romantics. Pain and suffering also go along with love and passion. Catherine, Heathcliff and Hindley are very passion driven. Romantic love has several forms in Wuthering Heights but the relationship between Heathcliff and Catherine expresses itself and romanticism the most. Their love expresses the longing to be whole, to give oneself completely yo another and to be loved like they do for an eternity.
Both of the two poems, “Daddy” and “Say You Love Me”, discuss the relationship between female and male through the relationship between daughter and father, but they start from different views and use different tones which are an adult engulfed in outrage and a child scared of her father. Although they have different angles to express their points, they seem to challenge the traditional patriarchal society. In the early seventies and eighties’ society, women found themselves without the tools to deal with oppressive and controlling men. They were left feeling helpless and hopeless. For some women, the struggle was never resolved; while others took most of a lifetime.
Throughout time, many authors from every aspect of literature have tried to convey and capture the sense of love. William Shakespeare and W.B. Yeats both have written poems that show the true elements of true love. In the poem Let me not to the marriage of true minds by William Shakespeare, love is spoken of in an emotional way rather than a physical way. Shakespeare speaks of love as never to be shaken.
“The world’s wife is all about relationships” Explore… Carol Ann Duffy’s work explores everyday experience and the rich fantasy life of herself and others. In dramatising scenes from childhood, adolescence, and adult life, she discovers moments of consolation through love, memory, and language. The poems we have studied in the world’s wife are all under the theme of relationships however if it is seen through a different perspective the word ‘relationship’ is so broad that it could mean more than just the bond between a man and a woman. The poems which demonstrate a tenacious connection between the characters is ‘Mrs Lazarus’ and ‘The Devil’s Wife’ whereas ‘Thetis’ and ‘Little Red-Cap’ displays an unhealthy and feeble connection between man and woman. The poems with a ‘Mrs’ in front evidently suggests that the relationship status between the two characters are husband and wife therefore there is or has apparently been some sort of marriage amidst them.