February 28, 2005

Analyzing Plath

When i first read this poem i fond it to be a little confussing, but if you really do a backgroung in Sylvia Plath's biography i think you'll be able to understand it a bit more, at least it helped for me. For example in the poem she mentions that she was eleven when her father died, and Sylvia Plath's real father really died when she was young and i think he was a German profesor also, so i don't knowm that when she mentions wanting to kill him, is she talking about actually killing the memory of her father that she hasn;t been able to erase.

Also, i think the poem also reffers to her husband, you know that saying in which it states that Daughters marry theier fathers, maybe she though she did with Ted, but then durring the seven years they were together she realized that he wasn;t like her father, that he was "a vampire pretending to be you/" an impostor and she blames both her father for dying and leaving her with that void, leaving her with that notion of emptiness, even though she knows that it wasn;t his fault and blames also her husband for that emptiness, the only difference is that her husband unlike her father can do something to fill it, or at least try to fill it and refusse.

Also i also think she mentions in her poem and its a very powerfull allusion how she tried to kill herself and then she uses the words, but they stuck me back with glue, is as in a way she admits that although they institusionalized her and they tried to make her better they couldn't. its almost brings the allusion to mind of a shattered glass, and then of course what comes to mind is the Bell Jar. How its something that;s glass and it breaks and even though you tried to patch it up and fix it with glue, you know that its still not going to be as beautiful as it once was, you know that its still visibly broken. The shattered sensation that she feels in her soul, its so overwelming she knows not even glue can fix it.
Its amazing how you can even still sense the pain through her work..

Posted by MisheilaPellot at February 28, 2005 2:44 PM | TrackBack

Mishelia, please remember to include, in each blog entry, a link to the URL of the page on the course site that I've created for that reading... or, post a comment on that page, giving the URL of this page.

A stranger coming across this web page wouldn't know the name of the poem on which you're commenting, and wouldn't know how to find dozens of other comments on the same text, by students in the same class.

Plath's father did teach German, but he was also a specia1ist in bees.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at February 28, 2005 5:11 PM

Interesting comment about daughters marrying their fathers... Is there any information on that from a psychological perspective? That could make for an interesting thesis if anyone doesn't have one already (although, it's getting a little late for that, isn't it?! :-0 )

Posted by: Karissa at March 3, 2005 11:48 AM
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