Sylvia Plath Essay

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Despite Sylvia Plath’s long, drawn out, detailed poetry, her poems revolve around a central message. Plath’s dark personality helped to shape her poetry. The use of figurative language, recurring images, and poetic elements of poetry allow active participation from the reader. The common theme throughout her poetry may not become evident until the poem is done being read. Plath is able to strongly convey a central theme of suicide by relief of pain, and the result of abandonment and inactivity. Relief of pain through suicide is one of the most common themes used in Sylvia Plath’s poetry. In “Lady Lazarus”, Plath writes about her attempts at suicide. “And like the cat I have nine times to die. / This is number three (Plath 21-22).” In the poem she describes the two previous attempts at killing herself when she says “The first time it happened I was ten. /It was an accident. /The second time I meant to last it out and not come back at all (Plath 35-38)”. She describes death as “an art” that she does “exceptionally well” (Plath 43-45). The narrator is clearly miserable with her life and considers suicide to be the only solution. Killing herself would relieve the pain she feels on a daily basis. “Daddy” is another poem that demonstrates Plath’s common death by suicide theme. In the poem, she writes that “At twenty I tried to die / And get back, back, back to you. / I thought even the bones would do (Plath 58-60)”. The narrator’s father has died, and feels as though death is the only option to relieve her pain of missing her father. Although the theme of abandonment may not be seen throughout all of Sylvia Plath’s poems, it is common in the few poems mentioned above. In the poem “The Bee Meeting” Plath writes “They are all gloved and covered, why did nobody tell me? /They are smiling and taking out veils tacked to ancient hats. / I am nude as a chicken neck,
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