Plath and the Concept of Home Analytical Essay by Research Group

Plath and the Concept of Home
The paper analyzes two poems by Sylvia Plath: "Daddy" and "The Soldier."
# 26948 | 1,045 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 22, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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The paper argues that both poems deal with issues of our human connection to the place in which we were born and to the country in which we were created and nurtured. According to the writer, both poems examine these issues in terms of death and what that means for the tie that binds us to our homeland, and in each case, the tie is tested by war in all its ramifications.

From the Paper:

"The situation in "The Soldier" presents the speaker as a patriot who is fighting a war on foreign soil and who wants everyone to now that if he dies while far from his British home, wherever he lies will be England just the same, that after this occurrence "there's some corner of a foreign field/ That is forever England" (2-3). The dust to which the speaker refers will be himself, for after death, we all return to dust. The dust that will be the speaker will be richer than the soil in which he is buried, richer because it is from England and not from that place where he will have died: "A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,/ Gave, once, her flowers to love" (5-6)."

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