The Life of Sylvia Plath Analytical Essay by swin

The Life of Sylvia Plath
This paper takes a look at the life, work, and death of Sylvia Plath.
# 25342 | 2,952 words | 0 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 26, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , Psychology (Disorders) , English (Analysis)

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This paper looks closely at the writer Sylvia Plath, the events of her life, and a glimpse into the poetry she left behind. The paper reveals little-known facts about her life that help unravel the mystery behind her untimely death, depression and unhappy marriage.

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"Plath was working on her Ariel poems at this time in London. She was also gaining professional recognition. Things seemed to being going well for Plath. Plath abandoned the restraints and conventions that marred much of her early work, and wrote with great speed. She produced numerous confessional poems of stark revelation, channeling her
longstanding anxiety, confusion and doubt into poetic verses of great power and pathos. Sylvia Plath's poetry progresses from early to late, from experimentation to maturity, just like the works of any poet. However, the themes she presents in her works remains fairly
constant throughout.

Early Poetry: Plath's early works can be dated between 1955 and 1959. Plath wrote some of the first Colossus poems when she was twenty-three and therefore, her early poetry displays an amateur, experimental quality. Her early poetry is collected in The Colossus. In these works, the sense of doom and death, the use of subtle humor, and the display of emotional conflict are identifiable themes (Barnard 37)."

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