Free Essays on Sylvia Plath Personal Experiences In Her Poetry

  1. Sylvia Plath Research Paper

    Sylvia Plath: Dying to be Young As Emily Dickinson once said, “People need hard times and oppression to develop psychic muscles.” Sylvia Plath foreshadowed many different things in her poetry that reflect the difficult experiences she endured in life. Her father’s death and her husband’s abandonment...

  2. Sylvia Plath

    Price Page 1 Sylvia Plath, a complex poet, a complex mind. Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 and committed suicide on February 11, 1963. During this short thirty years, many works were provided that served as a window into one fragile mind. Years of mental stability acted as a catalyst...

  3. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath, Exam Question. The poetry of Sylvia Plath is intense and quite disturbing. Discuss I agree with the statement that Sylvia Plath’s poems are filled with intense and disturbing thoughts. Plath’s poetry is intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing. Plath has a dark mind filled with doubts...

  4. Themes Evident in Sylvia Plath Poems

    in Sylvia Plath’s poetry Sylvia Plath displays many themes in her work; however she has the tendency to conceal and dig her themes, metaphors, and symbols deep in her poetic words, which leaves us readers left to decipher them. Plath is a poet that conveys quite compelling emotions through her work...

  5. The Poetry of Sylvia Plath Is Intense, Deeply Personal, and Quite Disturbing.

    Sylvia Plath was a brilliant writer and is my favourite writer on our course. She was also highly accomplished in other fields, was an intense and complex woman, and a woman who was frequently ill. She died at a young age. It is often the latter facts that come to mind when we think of Sylvia Plath...

  6. analysing poetry

    Section 2 – Analysing Poetry How to read a poem 1) Read once looking for meaning– what is the writer/speaker of the poem saying? Why did the poet write this poem? Can the poem be taken literally or does it rely on satire/irony/symbolism? 2) Who is speaking and to whom? 3) Work out how the writer...

  7. Sylvia Plath Poems

    Sylvia Plath Throughout the second half of this contemporary poetry course, I have found myself immersed in the fine writings of various poets. These gifted poets have allowed me to feel a vast array of emotions that quite frankly, I never thought could be achieved through reading words on a page....

  8. Sylvia Plath: Depression and Success

    Skipper English 10 McMath December 11, 2008 Depression and Success Depression can lead to great poetry, which can lead to great success. This was well modeled by Sylvia Plath. Plath led a very depressing life. This depression was caused by an unfaithful husband and the death of a close family...

  9. Ted Hughes

    as the charting of Plath's increasing desperation for death, her meaning exemplified in her use of strong imagery. She uses the imagery ‘Bright as a Nazi lampshade’ to describe her exterior, which veils the suicidal tyrant that dominates her. She juxtaposes this horrific imagery and metaphor with an softer...

  10. Consider the Following Two Different Views of Poetry: ‘Ly Poetry Is the Expression by the Poet of His Own Feelings’ (Ruskin) vs. ‘Poe Is Not a Turning Loose of Emotions, but an Escape from Emotion’ (T.S. Eliot).

    different views of poetry: ‘Lyric poetry is the expression by the poet of his own feelings’ (Ruskin) vs. ‘Poetry is not a turning loose of emotions, but an escape from emotion’ (T.S. Eliot). There are various theories regarding the meaning of ‘Poetry’. Many different types of poetry; for example lyric...

  11. Sylvia Plath

    Somewhere at the end of it, heaving.» A Blackberry alley is seen by Sylvia Plath at the beginning of her poem, she sees the hooks and the sea at the end. Plath needs three stanzas to walk along this alley and to describe what she sees on her way. Towards the end of the poem, she comes closer to the sea and...

  12. Personal Response to the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

    Elizabeth Bishop essay Write a personal response to the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. In my opinion, the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop is one that cannot be compared to any other poet’s works as it will, without question, overshadow that other poet’s work completely. Elizabeth Bishop is a one of a kind...

  13. confessional poetry

    SYLVIA PLATH - A ROMANTIC AMONG CONFESSIONALISTS. There is no denying the fact that Sylvia Plath is connected with the confessional movement but she differs from other confessional poets in some respects. She was quick enough to sail enthusiastically in the direction of the tide of Confessionalism...

  14. Does Brendan Kennelly's Poetry Capture the Character of Inner City Life?

    have aided the poet in writing countless books of poetry which give accurate and detailed accounts of the character of city life. Inarguably the most famous and, equally, the most controversial of these has been his collection of short poems ‘Poetry My Arse’ which was published in 1995. This book of...

  15. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath is a writer whose life has generated much interest. This may be because of her tragic, untimely death and her highly personal writings. Studying Sylvia^s life lets her readers understand her works better. Many of the imagery and attitudes in her poetry are based on her life experiences...

  16. How Do the Life Experiences of Australian Bush Poets Affect Their Poetry? Use Banjo Patterson and Dorothea Mackellar as Evidence

    how you believe their life experience is expressed in their poetry. Throughout Australian bush poetry, there have been many famous and influential poets. Of these, two of the most famous are Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson and Dorothea Mackellar. Their individual experiences greatly affected not only...

  17. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts on October 27 1932 she endured a depressing childhood. Plath was a gifted poet, but inside she was miserable. Sylvia Plath's emotional life, and her difficult time with her father's death, her separation from Ted Hughes, and bipolar disorder played an important...

  18. Sylvia Plath Mirror

    SYLVIA PLATH “MIRROR” Truth or lie? What do we prefer to hear? Abstact: The paper analyzes the poem “Mirror“, written by Sylvia Plath. What it wants to show are the multiple meanings which depend on the different readers. The paper is intended to show the importance of the “mirror”...

  19. Robert Frost's Poetry: Emotions and Themes

    University and was accepted into the Theta Delta Chi fraternity. After college he returned to teach and work various job, feeling all the while like poetry was his true calling. He sold his first poem for 15 dollars, and later married Elinor Miriam White. Robert worked on his grandfathers farm for nine...

  20. The Details behind Sylvia’s Plath Daddy Poem

    The Details behind Sylvia’s Plath Daddy Poem As one reads Sylvia Plath’s poem he or she will learn that Plath has a dysfunctional relationship with her father and husband, as time passes she cannot seem to get over her father’s death, Plath’s grief starts to affect her emotions and she starts to seem...

  21. The Author of the First Truly Feminist Poetry

    truly feminist poetry. What is Confession? By definition confession is the ritual of discourse in which the speaking subject is also the subject of the statement. Anne Sexton is said by some to be the greatest confessional poet of all time. Her well-documented life helps us to analyze her work. Anne Sexton...

  22. Plath s Poetry

    Sylvia Plath's poetry is emotionally intense and it deals with the darker aspects of the human psyche.  Plath is a troubled woman plagued with self doubt and the need to be accepted.  Her poetry came from the heart as much as from the head giving us a deep insight into her personal life.  She suffered...

  23. Sadness

    I agree with the above statement as for me reading Plath's poetry was quite disturbing. The best poems to explain this experience are “Black Rook in Rainy Weather,” “Morning Song,” “Child” and of course, “Poppies in July”. There are poems that are not quite as depressing, but certainly an unsettled atmosphere...

  24. Wordsworth’s Poetry

    Wordsworth’s Poetry Wordsworth, the best known of the English Romantic poets grew up in the Lake District of north western England.The area’s natural beauty had a major influence on his character,philosophy and poetic vision. He tells us about this especially in the poem “ Tintern Abbey”. Here he...

  25. Sylvia Plaths Poetry - a Disturbing Experience?

    From my reading of Sylvia Plathspoetry, I found her work a disturbing experience. Three of her poems, which I have studied; ‘Poppies in July’, ‘The arrival of the bee box’ and ‘Child’, all have similarities. I found them disturbing. I felt I was being given a glimpse into the turmoil she felt as a...

  26. Sylvia Plath-“Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”

    In Sylvia Plath’s works, “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”, she uses metaphors and similes to display her life. She often refers to her father and her depression and anger is displayed in both poems. Both poems are considered to be dark and sad. The poems were written prior to her third attempt at suicide....

  27. Once More About the Thin People by Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath is an American poet, novelist and short story writer who lived in London, United Kingdom. She is considered an important poet of her generation. Her work is very personal and towards the end of her life she often wrote about death. She usually used confessional genre to write her poetry...

  28. Writing Styles of Sylvia Plath

    and Writings of Sylvia Plath After reading and discussing many poets and their written work, I have realized that not only pain, but any emotion that the poet is feeling, plays a large part in how the poems express themselves through their writing. I have chosen to explore Sylvia Plath and the poems...

  29. boom

    number of visitors who visited the zoo last year “More than 900,000 people visited Dublin zoo…50,000 of them were schoolchildren” which she uses to fight her case about why zoos should be left open to the public. I find this piece of information good as it provides you with more knowledge” How do you FIX...

  30. To Defend a Killer

    “Why do we electrocute men for murdering an individual and then pin a purple heart on them for mass slaughter of someone arbitrarily labeled “enemy?” (Plath). Death comes for us all at some point. Hopefully it does not come in the form of murder. Most people who are considered to be civilized think murder...

  31. Plath’s Work Is “Intense, Deeply Personal and Quiet Disturbing”, Discuss.

    Q. Plath’s work is “intense, deeply personal and quiet disturbing”, discuss. I agree with the above statement that Plath’s poetry is “intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing” as it deals with the darker aspects of the human psyche. I also like how her vivid and violent imagery linger in the...

  32. Imagery in Poems “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath

    In poems of Sylvia Plath, entitled “Lady Lazarus” and “Daddy” some elements are similar, including used hostile imagery, gloomy atmosphere as well as recurring theme of suicide, but the poems differ in respect of the speaker’s point of view and attitude towards addressed person or unfavorable surroundings...

  33. Egar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee vs Daddy by Sylvia Plath

    hand; it seems as though love carries on and becomes even stronger once a loved one has passed away. When comparing the two poems “Daddy,” by Sylvia Plath and “Annabel Lee,” by Edgar Allan Poe. I found that these two particular poems have many similarities, as well as differences, but I feel that ...

  34. Mirror Sylvia Plath

    1ere ES.1 Lucie Review of Criticism: “Mirror” of Sylvia Plath. Freedman, William. “ The Monster in Plath’s ‘Mirror,’ “ in Papers on Language and literature, Vol 29, No. 2 Spring, 1993 pp.152-66. William...

  35. Are You Afraid of the Dark by Syyney Sheldon

    video documentarist, and website designer. As a poet, she has written almost 240 poems in English, Filipino, and Ilonggo. About 125 of these are in her collection of poems, Journey: An Autobiography in Verse (1964-1995), published by the University of the Philippines Press in 1996. This collection contains...

  36. Sylvia Plath: Research Paper

    I Have No Words, No Tears Sylvia Plath’s life story could be considered tragic as she was monopolized by a severe depression yet expressed her sorrows through enlightening words in her many poems. The death of her father when she was only eight years old commenced her lifelong despondency and insecurities...

  37. Derek Walcott Leaving Cert Poetry Essay

    culture, identity and personal experience. As language is central to Walcott’s outlook, it is not surprising that he uses language in an inventive and interesting fashion. The culture and landscape of the Caribbean is ever-present in Walcott’s work. When we read Walcott’s poetry, we realise that it...

  38. bell jar motifs

    severe depression where people around her don't understand. Esther goes through many stages of trying to get better. Author Sylvia Plath portrays characters reactions to Esther's depression. Different reactions by characters in Esther's life communicate the experience of Esther's depression, which relates...

  39. Sylvia Plath the Colossus

    The Colossus by Sylvia Plath as an example of ideology or feminist writing. You may begin by commenting on the different definitions available for ideology in general as well as the theory of feminism. Feminism is discussed in this course as an example of modern theories and is often associated with...

  40. Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath’s poetry is full of her deep doubts and fears which she reveals with startling honesty.’ Do you agree with this statement of her poetry? Write a response, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the poems on your course. Yes, I agree with the above statement. Although she...

  41. Sylvia Plath: the Woman Behind the Word

    Sylvia Plath was a gifted writer, poet and verbal artist whose personal anguish and torment visibly manifested itself in her work. Much of her angst stems from her warped relationship with her father. Other factors that influenced her works were her strained views of human sexuality, her sado-masochistic...

  42. The Bell Jar Story

    love along the way) Esther finds herself a changed person, and is ready to take on life. However, the Bell Jar is unlike this. In The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Esther Greenwood has problem after problem and things seem to get worse and worse. Instead of feeling like a part of society, she feels alone,...

  43. ‘No Writer Can Escape the Influence of His Own Personal Experience’. Explore This Statement in Terms of How Personal Experience Is Presented in the Texts You Have Studied.

    his own personal experience’. Explore this statement in terms of how personal experience is presented in the texts you have studied. In order to examine the statement above this essay will examine the work of both T. S. Eliot and Ted Hughes and how their own work was orientated around personal experience...

  44. Poetry Comparison. My Box by Gillian C

    GCSE Coursework : Poetry comparison. My Box By Gillian Clarke and Cousin Kate By Christina Rossetti. Compare the way poets write about the experience of love, explaining how they make you feel about the stories told in each poem. By Charlotte Pearson 10d In this essay I will be comparing the...

  45. Sylvia Plath Biography

    Instructors Name Class Information Date Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath was born on October 27, 1932 in Jamaica Plain Massachusetts. (Wagner-Martin) Plath’s mother Aurelia was originally from Winthrop, Massachusetts along with Plath’s grandparents, the Schobers, in Point Shirley. Point Shirley is...

  46. Poemms

    Autobiography- James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902. It was in Lincoln, Illinois, that Hughes began writing poetry. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C. Hughes's first book of poetry, The Weary Blues, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1926. In 1930 his first novel, Not without Laughter, won...

  47. This Day

    Irish or British people as a whole. He’s very local and specific in his focus. His people are the people whom he sees in Kiltartan; with whom he has personal relationships. Also, wars are usually fought because of the ambitions of wealthy men. However, his people are poor. They’re not the one’s dreaming...

  48. Celebrating Katherine Mansfield

    by Association France Nouvelle-Zélande) C. K. Stead, ONZ, CBE, FRSL In addition: Kirsty Gunn will read her short story ‗The Little House‘ and talk about her residency at Randell Cottage and her latest Mansfield-inspired project. Gerri Kimber, (Deputy-Chair, Katherine Mansfield Society), will present...

  49. Similarities Between Metaphors by Sylvia Plath and Victory by Anne Stevenson

    “Metaphors” By Sylvia Plath and “Victory” by Anne Stevenson are both about Pregnancy and child birth. Sylvia Plath writes in metaphors and parables (hence the name “Metaphors”). The job of the reader is to unravel these parables. However, “Victory” is a jumble of emotions. Anne Stevenson pours her heart out...

  50. goldsmith

    Disappointment in Love 3. Goldsmith – Man in Black 4. Goldsmith – Beau Tibbs Unit II Poetry 1. Milton -- Paradise Lost -– Book IX The Temptation of Eve ( Lines 411 - 835) Unit III Poetry 1 Andrew Marvel - To His Coy mistress 2. Dryden – Portrait of Achitophel (Absalom and Achitophel...

  51. death of a bird

    the facts it describes. This is classical and definitely not confessional or dealing directly with personal emotions, unlike poets contemporary to Hope, poets like Robert Lowell and Sylvia Plath. The above-mentioned blog is a good study, but there are a few additional points I could make, starting...

  52. To what extent do you agree that Angelou’s poetry presents the female struggle for identity more effectively than the male struggle?

    To what extent do you agree that Angelou’s poetry presents the female struggle for identity more effectively than the male struggle? Angelou writes from many different viewpoints, the main one tending to be from a female perspective. The poem ‘men’ focuses on the admiration and vulnerability a woman...

  53. Sylvia Plath Biography

    Sylvia Plath Biography Academic, Poet, Author, Editor (1932–1963) Sylvia Plath was an American poet best known for her novel The Bell Jar, and for her poetry collections The Colossus and Ariel. Synopsis Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Plath met and married British...

  54. Encased in Imprisonment

    with ornate curves, and yet dazzlingly unique, becomes the powerful and influential force to be reckoned with that motivates and explains the title of Sylvia Plath’s novel, The Bell Jar. A bell jar, as an object, describes a glass vessel with a rounded top and an open base. It protects and displays fragile...

  55. Poppies in July - Sylvia Plath

    Poppies in July - Sylvia Plath “Poppies in July” is a short poem written in free verse. Its fifteen lines are divided into eight stanzas. The first seven stanzas are couplets, and the eighth consists of a single line. The title presents an image of natural life at its most intense—at the height of...

  56. Syllabus

    If the student passes the exam he or she will be able to earn college credit. If the student does not meet course requirements not only will his or her grade suffer, but the student will be unprepared to take the exam in the spring. It is in the student’s best interests to do all of the work required...

  57. Compare two poems from the Norton Anthology Sylvia Plath "Lady Lazarus" and "Daddy"

    essence of all forms of poetry. It is what brings a poem to life it is the key to releasing all the emotions in us. Imagery develops a deeper meaning to the poem and its major themes. Plath uses a lot of images in her poem which reflect her feelings and help the reader to relate to her. The recurrences of...

  58. Two Poems

    The personas depicted within Anne Sexton's "Consorting with Angels" and Sylvia Plath's "Lady Lazarus" demonstrate an open defiance of the subservient female role in favor of a powerful mythological identity. Each work chooses to use and extended metaphor to bring about a change in the perspective...

  59. Aspect of Human Experience

    Aspect of Human Experience Paper ENG 125 February 16, 2009 Aspect of Human Experience Paper English 125 has provided a variety of literature from a wide range of authors and topics. These authors and their works included a diverse makeup of social and cultural issues. Each of the author’s style...

  60. Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath: Minds of Distortion and Darkness

    Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were both great minds, creative individuals, and some of the greatest poetic individuals of the twentieth century. Though Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were great poets, they were also obsessed with death, darkness, and plagued with manic depression. They yearned for death...