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)”.
Emily Dickinson is one of the world’s most famous poets due to her unconventional character and style. The majority of her poems focus on the three main themes of love, fame and death. While she did live a rather secluded and withdrawn life, through her poems we gather more insight into her lifestyle and views on love, fame, religion, and death. The poems on love and fame show us her unwillingness to conform to what other people think especially in the 19th century as a woman, and are still very relevant now. Her poems on death, though, almost go beyond time.
"Mad Girl's Love Song"? Critical Analysis 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 suicide appears in the poem.
James Hillman addresses these two perspectives in Suicide and the Soul where he speaks of the importance of distinguishing between literal suicide and metaphorical suicide, between inner and outer realities: The experience of death is necessary, but is actual suicide also necessary? How does the analyst proceed when the death experience is carried by suicide fantasies? How can he meet the needs of his analysand and keep separate inner and outer necessities?...The suicide threat...is a confusion of inner and outer. We suffer when we muddle psychic reality with concrete people and events...Keeping distinct inner and outer is a major task of an analyst. If he uses his tools well he frees life from entangling projections and frees the soul from
Female Feeling in Emily Dickinson’s Poem under the Theme of Death --Because I could not stop for death Because I could not stop for death written by Emily Dickinson is regarded as a masterpiece of Death in public. This poem described Death as a lovely and even a respectable image in a euphemistic way instead of as a terror and trembling impression as usual. Also it shows everyone a different view of death in Emily’s mind. What’s more, under general image, there also exist a more tactful but vague personal female feelings. I would like to analyze the poem from a point of view as a female.
In her essay, “Behind the formaldehyde curtain” Jessica Mitford explain what embalming really is and how the steps of embalming are ridiculous and grotesque. She uses an informative and scientific tone to show what happens when a body is left in the hands of a mortician. The author’s use of vivid imagery and complex diction shows that she know what she is talking about and gives the reader an image of what really is going on. Mitford’s purpose is to show the audience that nothing is pretty when the embalming process begins. Mitford begins her essay by using a metaphor; she compares the process of embalming to a drama.
Lady Lazarus Analysis The poem “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath is a disturbing attempt of humoring the speakers counted suicide attempts. Death, or the act of killing one’s self, is spoken upon as an “art”, a jovial cat-like experience and circus-like spectator sport. The poem is immersed with the self-mockery and irony of the speaker bragging about her almost suicides as successful. The tone makes the reader wonder the real intent of the speaker because if suicide is truly genuine death is the outcome. The piece begins with the speaker addressing possibly a shrink or psychiatrist and informing the reader of her latest “managed” suicide attempt (3).
I believe the most significant part of the Tess of the D’Urbevilles is located within the last few pages of the novel. The murdering of Alec promotes a feminist approach to writing which Hardy attempts to undertake in places throughout the book, empowering Tess. This contrasts with the in depth detail he usually acquires, which is not apparent in the description of the murder. The reader neither reads how Tess murders Alec or what the murder scene looks like, in order for Hardy to maintain Tess’s ‘purity’. Additionally, it is likely that the fact Tess murders was enough of a controversial subject, without Hardy having to describe it, to shock the readers.
(Poetry Dispatch)To me biggest similarity between Sexton & Plath was both writers seemed obsessed with death not only in their poetry but also in their personal lives. Although both women were Pulitzer Prize winners, their battle with depression and breakdowns ultimately lead both women to committee suicide. Plath's "Ariel" and Sexton's "The Starry Night" both celebrate suicide (Sylvia Plath forum/Poetry Foundation). After Plath's death, Sexton started to incorporate Plath's themes and Nazi imagery into her own work. Despite communicating only sporadically between 1959 and Plath's suicide, both women were definitively influenced by their brief friendship, showing in their respective works.
The last act of Veronika as she slips into unconsciousness is to pen a letter to the magazine. Like many of us, Veronika lives a mediocre, meaningless life, a life with no meaning, no purpose. That is why she decides to die. In Villete, she learns what it is to be mad, and how madness can liberate one to be oneself. It was not depression that made Veronika decide to die.