The book went on to win the , the for Poetry, and the. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyze each other —she has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of it. Hughes was devastated; they had been separated six months. She creates this speaker, to whom she can relate, to tell the story of what she had to deal with when she was younger. Following for depression, Plath made her first medically documented suicide attempt on August 24, 1953 by crawling under her house and taking her mother's sleeping pills. She conveys the heaviness of her pain by comparing her right foot to a paperweight.
The first stanza of the poem cannot be properly understood until the entire poem has been read. A poet on the rise, Sylvia Plath had her first collection of poetry, The Colossus, published in England in 1960. So, the poet makes her daughter aware that they have only come to look it, not to be elated. A large portion of Sylvia Plath's work contains the theme of death. Sylvia was a very bright student growing up and she was very popular. She described the current depressive episode she was experiencing; it had been ongoing for six or seven months. This may be symbolic of the narrator's belief in God, which has also ceased to exist.
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath. Gill notes that the poem is catoptric, meaning that it describes while it represents its own structure; this is down through the use of two nine-line stanzas which are both symmetrical, and indicative of opposition. It was like her tongue would freeze in her jaw. The people were dancing merrily, with a metaphorical stamping on his body. But I learned my lesson early.
GradeSaver, 4 January 2012 Web. In the next Stanza, Plath turns to a tone of revenge. The words 'For thirty years' mean that even after so long, when she is thirty years old and her father is long gone, she still feels like that trapped foot in the all-engulfing and dark presence of her father. Not only did she not know him in person, she also does not know of his roots, where he came from. A woman looks into it, trying to discern who she really is by gazing at her reflection. She gives reason against the cold logic that a body is merely a cadaver once someone has died. Credit: Vasenka Photography Sylvia Plath was both haunted and mesmerized by death.
After she met and fell in love with fellow poet, Ted Hughes, she let his career fall before hers. That, and the use of the word 'Daddy' are clear signs that the narrator has regressed back to her childhood, and is writing as if she was 10 years old again. The daughter of Plath and Hughes, , is a writer and artist. There are some resemblances here to the poet's own life. Plath then begins to explain why men are the enemy when she writes, I am your opus, I am your valuable, The pure gold baby That melts to a shriek.
This unhealthy relationship also had a large influence on her poetry. In 1982, she won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously, for The Collected Poems. The poet knows she cannot make her daughter realize the blackness behind the bright scene there; she is too new to perceive the coldness of the world. Plath gave birth to her first child, Freda, the following year. The narrator of the poem has suffered a great setback due to the sudden and untimely death of her father. Additionally, Plath makes consistent use of enjambment, instances in which lines break before their natural stopping points. Though the speaker is a mirror, the subjects are time and appearance.
Her father, Otto Plath, associated himself with the Nazis throughout the Holocaust time period, and she may be referring to this throughout these poems. This reveals that Plath came so close to death, that she believed she had actually experienced death. That manuscript disappeared somewhere around 1970. Since we know that Lazarus was brought to life again, we might assume that this poem will be one of victory over death, just as the biblical story of Lazarus. It was not known at the volume's release that Hughes was suffering from terminal cancer and would die later that year. However, this transposition does not make him a devil. Thomas would have been able to see the note.
Either way, Plath warns men everywhere, that she is no longer a powerless victim under them, but that she is ready to take her revenge. Sylvia Plath's Fiction: A Critical Study. Sylvia Plath committed suicide in 1963, but she is still remembered as one of the most revered poets of all time. This paragraph seems a bit theatrical; it is a comparison of the narrator's relationship with her father, with the dreadfulness of the Holocaust. It has elicited a variety of distinct reactions, from feminist praise of its unadulterated rage towards male dominance, to wariness at its usage of Holocaust imagery. While it is not used to refer to a particular person or type of person in this stanza, today it is still considered racist to do so.