What Emerges in Plath’s Poetry Is a Vivid Portrait of a Tormented and Anguished Persona. Give Your Personal Opinion of the Poetry of Sylvia Plath in Light of This Statement.

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The poet that I have studied is Sylvia Plath. Her poems explore the depths of the human psyche and her ability to confront the darker sides of human consciousness makes her poetry fascinating. In my answer I am going to examine how imagery and atmospheres contribute to Plath’s tormented and anguished persona. Vivid imagery plays a crucial part in the poem “Mirror” which shows how the relationship between a woman and a mirror can be poisonous. It is said that the mirror reflects everything truthfully. However, Plath doesn’t like what she sees when she steps in front of the mirror. “I see her back and reflect it faithfully. She rewards me with tears and agitation of hands”. This gives me the image of Plath standing in front of the mirror and crying, rubbing her hands uncomfortably. I feel this reflects how the poet is truly feeling and how unhappy she is with her life, thus revealing a tormented and anguished persona. I believe we have all felt like this at one time or another when we have stood in front of a mirror. It may have been a physical defect or an internal unhappiness, which torments us and leads to anguish and despair. In the poem “The Times are Tidy” which is about the loss of imagination and excitement, Plath laments the loss of legendary heroism, medieval dragons and wicked witches. This gives me a portrait of someone who is unhappy with her present life and only focuses on the past. Plath explains that die to modern technologies, skilled individuals are now left idle: “Where the most watchful cooks go jobless and the mayor’s rotisserie turns round of its own accord”. I feel Plath is trying to say that nobody is indispensible, that someone or something is always waiting around the corner to take your place. I think this hints at Plath’s own insecurities and vulnerability. She is tormented by the fact that she is indispensible; someone

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