Deserving Poets: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath Comparison Essay by Nicky

Deserving Poets: Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath
An argument on the intrinsic value of Anne Sexton's and Sylvia Plath's poetry.
# 148396 | 1,727 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 17, 2011 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , Women Studies (Historical Figures)


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Description:

The paper discusses how both Sexton and Plath shared a fascination with death and suicide and also shows how both poets were painfully honest about their depression and about their other emotions from a female perspective. The paper argues that their poetry stands alone because, more than anything, it is real; Sexton and Plath were not ashamed of facing their feelings and presenting them in a realistic way. The paper also argues against the contention that neither poet would have been as popular had they not committed suicide.

From the Paper:

"Anne Sexton's poetry was first utilized as a form of therapy that blossomed into a blossoming talent. Sexton won many award for poetry because her work is straightforward - especially in regard to her depression. She was open about her illness and this allows readers to feel closer to her and her plight. Maxine Kumin states that Sexton's poetry remains popular because "no other American poet in or time has cried aloud publicly so many private details" (Kumin xix). She maintains that Sexton's poetry attracts many readers, "especially women, who identified strongly with the female aspect" (Kumin xix) of it. Sexton's ability to write about issues such as death and suicide set her apart from many other poets because she is not on the outside looking in, she is on the inside, peering out into a world that does not know exactly what to do with her."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berman, Jeffrey. Surviving Literary Suicide. Boston: University of Massachusetts Press. 1999.
  • Kumin, Maxine. Introduction: The Complete Poems of Anne Sexton. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 1981.
  • Plath, Sylvia. "Daddy." Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th Ed. Vol. E. Byam, Nina, Ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 2007.
  • ---. "Lady Lazarus." Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th Ed. Vol. E. Byam, Nina, Ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 2007.
  • Sexton, Anne. "The Starry Night." Norton Anthology of American Literature. 7th Ed. Vol. E. Byam, Nina, Ed. New York: W. W. Norton and Company. 2007.

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