The female speaker represents the creative force and she is angry with the destructive forces symbolized by males. Shakespeare's Ariel embodies this power, and Plath may be attempting to fashion a metaphor for the process of writing a poem. Even the vampire is discussed in terms of its tyrannical sway over a village. It is psychologically and symbolically about the aspiration to revenge that is felt by all the female victims of male domination, once they become conscious of the domination. By 1950 when she joined Smith College she already had an remarkable list of publication. Sylvia Plath is a confessional poet.
She was a dark poet, who attempted suicide many times, was hospitalized in a mental institution, was divorced with two children, and wrote confessional poems about fetuses, reflection, duality, and a female perspective on life. She considers all final vowels as rhyming with all others: jaw-arrow-eye perhaps suggested by the Middle-English practice in alliteration. To begin with, the name Ariel refers to three different things: 's own horse, which she loved to ride; the androgynous sprite from Shakespeare's play ; and Jerusalem, which was also called Ariel in the Old Testament. Plath was one of the first American women writers to refuse to conceal her true emotions. Looking at the party from a religious point of view is also a possible theme in the novel.
The father died while she thought he was God. 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. The poem does not exactly conform to Plath's biography, and her above-cited explanation suggests it is a carefully-constructed fiction. And yet the journey is not easy. Copyright © 1979 by University of North Carolina Press.
From Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. First in the poem she becomes a stallion, a masculine image, the image of her repressor. Making them watch movies of war and manipulating people in such a way to make them laugh when they see a woman hugging a little child to protect it from bullets, shows how a totalitarian regime would succeed in making people become fond of violence and cruelty. But, through its precise rendering of sensation, the poem becomes a temptation: it draws us into its beautiful aural and visual universe against our win. These elements are intensified rhetorically with alliteration, assonance, and dissonance. The poem is also significant for its assonance, allusion and images.
In this interpretation, the speaker comes to understand that she must kill the father figure in order to break free of the limitations that it places upon her. Thus, decreasing language to a minimum level in words and expression also means the dehumanization of human beings. The speed takes her away from the pain of existence of higher, existence. Salinger 2615 Words 7 Pages Plath views the world in an insightful and unusual way. But there is another possible referent in the title of the poem which no one has yet noted, although the poet, apparently, went out of her way to make reference, even obvious reference, to it.
The author seems to undergo a struggle which is reflected in the slow progress of the day from the dark of the night. However, it is also evident in the novel that human beings who are exposed to torture lose the ability to love and think of other people. It has been reviewed and criticized by hundreds and hundreds of scholars, and is upheld as one of the best examples of confessional poetry. Daddy, Death, Lady Lazarus 1386 Words 4 Pages ------------------------------------------------- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath October 27, 1932 — February 11, 1963 was an American poet, novelist and short story writer. The poem displays the sight into the natural human behavior of getting old.
It was very descriptive with all the use of similes and metaphors. She has tasted darkness in her mouth and is coming out of it. In fact, the theme of universal female protest in the modern world is the most striking theme in the poem. She is afraid of the German language that is obscene and vague. I did ask my self though who in the world could she be talking about? The poet begins in darkness, but is then hauled along by the inspiration of poetic language. It is less a person than a stifling force that puts its boot in her face to silence her. The whiteness of the hand is reflected in the deadness of the hands.
Confessional poetry, Emotion, Metaphor 1062 Words 3 Pages Sylvia Plath was born in 1932 during the peak of the great depression when unemployment soared over 20%. Their embrace had been a battle, the climax a victory. This is appropriate since the voice of the poem is expert at heightening rather than allaying fears and uncertainties. Alvarez The difficulty with this poems lies in separating one element from another. It captures the frustration of people as they look at their reflection watching themselves age. They are charging directly at the sun, a new day is approaching. The poet explores many real life situations through her poetry which makes it very relatable to her readers.
The fires that burn in honor of and through this spirit are emblematic of its passion and ecstasy. Before this end, though, she attended Cambridge University and married , though the marriage ended in divorce. Sylvia Plath would commit suicide using her gas oven in February of that same year. In seeking to liberate the female body, Plath subjected it to a representational order which dictated its annihilation. Sylvia Plath proves her point in the first stanza by describing how she feels about herself through the mirror.