Discuss about the Poetry for ‘Sylvia’s Death’ by Anne Sexton.
The poem, ‘Sylvia’s Death’ by Anne Sexton has occupied a predominant place in the realm of English poetry. This particular poem was written in the era of Women’s Movement (1950-1960). At that time, women engaged themselves in the outside activities instead of remaining under curtain even after marriage. Unfortunately, they did not get equal respect and recognition from the society in comparison to a man.
However, tone of Sylvia’s Death has maintained an intense pangs and pathos throughout the entire poem (Sexton 1374). Sylvia was the close friend of Anne Sexton. From the childhood, she loved to engross herself in the ocean of creative works. Sylvia being a creative and imaginative person had faced mental disorder at a time because of which she committed suicide. Anne Sexton wrote this poem after facing the disastrous consequence of her best friend. Sexton in the poem Sylvia’s Death has presented the death of Sylvia in an interesting manner. Sexton knew that she was going to follow the same path of Sylvia as she is suffering from bipolar disorder. For several times, Sexton attempted suicide.
However, through this poem, Sexton has drawn the attention of the readers that life is never imperishable. Every human being is possessed with certain skill and talent. Women are not exceptional to that. They should expose their skill in front of the society in order to get the recognition whatever they deserve.
Sexton being a feminist has remained as one of the pioneers of women movement. She dared to raise her voice at the time (1950-1960), in order to get recognition for the women. My Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman is the story of a raising daughter who has been compared with a garden (Sexton 1374). She has highlighted in this poem about the wonders of female body that is endowed with the traditional literary work. Therefore, the central idea that Sexton has presented through this poem is women are also capable to present themselves in front of the society. Therefore, it is the high time to accept this truth and to make the pathways of women smoother for showing their skill.
Lady Lazarus has been considered as one of the best creations of Sylvia Plath. Critics have recognized Lady Lazarus as an autobiographical poem of Plath. This poem has represented the spontaneous expression of Plath’s impulsiveness and depression. Committing suicide has been presented here as a better way out rather than dying in the bed of hospital. A large number of metaphors have been used in this poem in order to make an implicit comparison with the poet’s personal life (Plath 1418). The expression ‘has done it again’ signifies that the protagonist of Lady Lazarus has become accustomed with committing suicide. An implicit comparison has been portrayed through this expression. The poet intends to highlight that the protagonist of this poem, Lady Lazarus has committed to suicide for repeated times as Plath has attempted. Therefore, this poem is all about the autography of Sylvia Plath.
Sylvia Plath being the contemporary of Sexton represents Women Movement through their creative art. Daddy one of the most popular creation of Sylvia Plath is the bright example of her intense feminism attitude. Sylvia Plath was the one who showed her daring attitude towards the male dominated society at the time of women movement. The speaker in this poem raised her voice against her Daddy who was the representation of a male (Plath 1418). The poem starting with the expression ‘you black shoe’, ‘I have had to kill you’ shows the intense hatred and anger towards the rules and customs of male dominated society.
Sexton. “Sylvia’ Death”, 1374
Sexton. “Little Girl, My String Bean, My Lovely Woman”, 1374.
Plath. “Lady Lazarus”, 1418.
Plath. “Daddy”, 1418