Sylvia Plath Essay

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Poetry of Sylvia Plath'Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper' Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper. Sylvia Plath Written on a parapet, overlooking the River Seine, on June 1st 156 (Ted Hughes Introduction to collected poems) Sylvia Plath’s ‘Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper’ invites an exploration into insanity and fear through the habits of Miss Drake as she tackles the obstacles in the world her mind has created. The poems opening phrase “No novice in those elaborate rituals which allay the malice of knotted table and crooked chair” highlights the repetitive battle Miss Drake faces as a regular fixture within the institution; the elaborate rituals are the everyday rules and regulations Miss Drake adheres to in order to control her fear of her surroundings. The adjectives used to describe furniture (“knotted table and crooked chair”) show the altered vision of Miss Drake while also describing her both physically and psychologically. The effect of these hallucinations on Miss Drake cause an extreme anxiety and nervousness; at the start of the second stanza, the letter ‘k’ is repeated, this hard alliteration accentuates the jerky, hesitant eye movement as our bird-like character scans the floor for danger, to ‘outwit the brambled plan’ of the floorboards. Write your Poetry of Sylvia Plath'Miss Drake Proceeds to Supper' research paper Miss Drake, “her bird-quick eye cocked askew”, appears like a small bird constantly scanning its surroundings for danger. Miss Drake’s journey to reach to calm atmosphere of the dining room appears fraught with danger, the paranoia conveyed as “she edges with wary edge” through the “perilous needles” which “grain the floorboards and outwit their brambled plan”, Miss Drake is thoroughly examining her surroundings, showing her fear and vulnerability. Miss Drake is “ambushed” and scared by the “bright shards of broken glass”, not sure of
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