Essay on Sylvia Plath

Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

The poem, “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath, would be an example of this. Some may look at this poem and believe it is random metaphors put into nine lines. I believe this is a poem about Plath’s idea of pregnancy as compared to traditionally unrelated objects. “Metaphors” has a clue in each line that would lead […]

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Egar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee vs Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Andrea Jackson-NickelProfessor William SmithEnglish 10625 October 2013Death Makes Love StrongerLove and Death go hand in hand; it seems as though love carries on andbecomes even stronger once a loved one has passed away. When comparing the twopoems “Daddy,” by Sylvia Plath and “Annabel Lee,” by Edgar Allan Poe. I found thatthese two particular poems have […]

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Snake by DH Lawrence and Bee Box by Sylvia Plath

The poems that I am going to write about about in my English coursework are Snake by DH Lawrence. Also Medallion and The arrival of the Bee Box, which is written by Sylvia Plath. The last poem that I have to write about is Horses, which is written by Edwin Muir. In the coursework we […]

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Sylvia Plath, ‘Roe Deer’, ‘Mirror’ and ‘Blackberrying’

In this essay my aim is to compare the three poems ‘Blackberrying’ and ‘Mirror’ by Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes’ ‘Roe Deer’. I will mainly be focusing on the poets’ use of language and imagery in the poems. In addition to this I will discuss how they transform the ordinary into quite magical objects and […]

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Beauty and Horror

Sylvia Plath writing uses a plethora of images of horror combined with images built around beauty to incite contradictory emotions within the reader . She uses strong, thought-provoking images to etch her messages deeply on the reader’s mind. Most of her poems are essentially about her father and her thoughts and emotions enveloping her his […]

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To Women In The Following

Although all three poems tell very different stories, they share a very similar message about how women can be trapped in their feelings and other people’s expectations of them.Mirror:Sylvia Plath wrote the poem ‘Mirror’ in the mid-twentieth century. It is a very clever poem, which describes the internal and external problems a woman such as […]

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“Blackberrying” and “Mirror” by Sylvia Plath

The poem “Blackberrying” starts of with rich sensuous description but has a depressed feeling. This is created from the very start of the poem as it begins with a very negative word, “Nobody”. The poem could be about a time when Sylvia Plath went blackberrying but I think that is about her life and her […]

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This poem is a compilation of Sylvia Plath’s innermost feelings of the time

A spinster, by definition, is a woman past the usual marrying age or considered unlikely to marry because she lacks the qualities men desire in their partners. One could characterize a spinster as an ‘old maid’, a woman doomed to loneliness by chance and prejudices. The girl who is the focus and protagonist of Sylvia […]

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The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

This quote sums up the entire novel, The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath. Esther, the main character, is afraid of the future and what independence might bring. She is a girl of nineteen just starting out in the world. Esther encounters trouble with herself because she has no idea where she wants to go or […]

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‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’ by Sylvia Plath

‘The Arrival of the Bee Box’ was written by Sylvia Plath after the end of the Second World War. The poem is about the arrival of a bee box, and the emotions that Plath has towards it, and the sounds emanating from it. The poem has a definite beginning, middle, and end, but has no […]

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A Trapped Life: The Autobiographical Elements of Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

People go through a vast range of events as they travel through life and face various obstacles. These obstacles differ from person to person and can sometimes seem impossible to surmount. Society is one of the prevailing sources of these obstacles and it occasionally can put overwhelming pressures on a person’s soul and can be […]

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An essay on the Comparison of two poems dealing with intense emotions

In my essay I aim to compare the similarities and state the differences between two poems, Sylvia Plath’s, ‘Daddy’ and Emily Dickinson’s, ‘I Felt a Funeral in my Brain. ‘ These two poems deal with intense emotions and extreme cases of anger from the writer’s own real life experiences. Sylvia Plath had an extremely traumatic […]

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Mirror, by Sylvia Plath

Mirror, by Sylvia Plath is one of the best examples to show how valid, vanity is in a woman’s life. I think this is one of, if not the oldest poem from all of which we have read. For a start her name, being Sylvia is quite old-fashioned and not often heard of now, but […]

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Sylvia Plath: “Daddy”

The poem “Daddy” uses language to a great effect to express the bitterness and frustration endured by the writer Sylvia Plath after the traumatic death of her father. Sylvia’s father Otto Plath was a German immigrant who was a professor at Boston University teaching biology and German. It was said that Otto always wanted a […]

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The Amazing Individuality of the Life and Works of Sylvia Plath

Until her death in 1963, Sylvia Plath’s life could be described as quite successful. Plath was a true accomplished writer, wife, and mother of two. Her story began on the 27th of October of 1932, where she was born in Boston, Massachusetts. However, her life tragically ended in February 11, 1963, on a very cold […]

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Sylvia Plathexample

This essay is based on the popular confessional poet, Sylvia Plath. I will discuss and show how her poems show strong references and links to her family. The three poems I have chosen to compare are; Morning Song, You’re and Metaphors. I will examine both their differences and similarities. In Morning Song, Plath is apprehensive […]

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Commentary on Sylvia Plath’s “Ariel”

“Ariel”, a poem written by Sylvia Plath, describes the narrator’s transition from a state of complete stillness to a state of rapid movement whilst she is riding a horse into the dawn. Throughout this poem, Plath conveys a sense of freedom both in the physical and mental state through the use of natural imagery and […]

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Practical criticism of Daddy by Sylvia Plath

The poem opens with a childish repetition of the words “You do not do, you do not do”. Already we see the discord as it echoes the tantrums of a child and their refusal to acknowledge “you”, while at the same time inviting interest with the meaning of “do”. We want to know what relationship […]

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Sylvia Plath

Infamous for her use of oven gas for a method of suicide while her children were at play, Sylvia Plath was an American confessional poet, novelist and short story writer. After suffering from depression from the age of 20 and a marital separation, Plath committed suicide in 1963. Controversy continues to surround the events of […]

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Once More About the Thin People by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is an American poet, novelist and short story writer who lived in London, United Kingdom. She is considered an important poet of her generation. Her work is very personal and towards the end of her life she often wrote about death. She usually used confessional genre to write her poetry. She is Best-known […]

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Conflicting Perspectives

In Hughes’ poem RED, the last in his anthology, Birthday Letters, Hughes adapts/ subverts Plath’s style of utilising colours to represent various feelings and ideas. Early in their marriage Plath wrote to her mother claiming “I am so suggestible to colours…I’m sure a red carpet would keep me forever optimistic” Hughes plays on Plath’s decision […]

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