The Sounds of "Lady Lazarus" Poem Review by Nicky

Analysis of Sylvia Plath's poem "Lady Lazarus."
# 145660 | 1,332 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US

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This paper examines the use of metaphor and allusion in Sylvia Plath's poem "Lady Lazarus." In particular ,the review cites the frequent references made to the Holocaust of the Jewish people during World War II as well as the Bible. The biblical references are to Lazarus rising from the dead and connecting it with suicide. Despite the poems disturbing symbolism of the Holocaust, suicide and sexual abuse, the reviews describes it as having elements of humor as well as allusions and double word meanings. Quotes from the poem are used throughout the paper. It also includes an analysis of the poem's use of language, repetition and meter.

From the Paper:

"As well as allusions and double word meanings, Plath also makes a skillful use of repetition, again stressing the 'carnivalesque' aspect of suicide, dying, and the exploitative use of the medical profession of the woman as proof of the miraculous healing power of doctors. But although there is a surface cheerfulness, there is always deadening, dull thud in Plath's use of language that is sing-song yet suggests the leadenness of her unhappiness..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Plath, Sylvia. "Lady Lazarus." 1963. American Poems. February 6, 2009.

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