Mad Girl's Love Song Essay

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Sylvia Plath was born on October 27th, 1932 in Massachusetts and was a famous poet, novelist, and short story writer. Her first poem was published in a daily newspaper when she was only eight. She was popular among her peers, received straight A grades, and was always the one winning prizes. She earned a scholarship when she was 18 to go to Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college, where she wrote over 400 poems, including Mad Girl’s Love Song. In this villanelle, Plath has used three poetic techniques including personification, symbols and opposites. Sylvia Plath has mainly used depression and suicide as a theme throughout the poem probably because she has had past experiences and wanted readers to feel what she has gone through. Sylvia Plath has used personification quite a number of times. In the first line of the second stanza, she describes ‘ The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,’ and in the following line, she writes, ‘And arbitrary darkness gallops in:’. They are used to describe how quickly the stars are leaving her without thinking twice and all that is left is darkness and sadness. Another example of personification used is ‘I should have loved a thunderbird instead;’ where she blames herself for loving something that was impossible or non-existent. She regrets it and feels that she should have loved something more real, such as a car. In the next line, she wrote, ‘At least when spring comes they roar back again.’. She is trying to get the message across that when spring comes, she could always rely on her car for happiness and love. Plath uses God, hell, seraphim and Satan as symbols in her poem. These symbols are all to do with religion but the words that Sylvia Plath chose makes it seem as though they do not influence her life. ‘God topples from the sky, hell’s fires fade:’. This statement sounds as if Plath has once worshipped

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