Essay Analysis Of ' Mad Girl 's Love Song ' By Sylvia Plath

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Commentary on “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

It is important that when reading the poem “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, written by poet Sylvia Plath, the reader first knows key information about Plath’s life so that they may better understand the context of the poem. Sylvia Plath was born in 1932, and she began attending Smith College in the year 1950. While she was attending the college, she got a job as an editor for Mademoiselle magazine. “Mad Girl’s Love Song” was published in Mademoiselle in the year 1953, though Plath first wrote the poem in 1951. Shortly after the poem was written, Plath’s mother noticed that her daughter was self-harming. This was the beginning of a long battle with mental illness Plath would experience throughout her life. Later, while still in college, Plath had a mental breakdown and attempted suicide for the first time. She would end up taking her own life at the age of 30. Plath was diagnosed with severe depression, and some argue she also had bipolar disorder. This battle with depression and self-harm that Plath experienced becomes even more significant after analyzing “Mad Girl’s Love Song”. On the surface, “Mad Girl’s Love Song” is about Plath’s affection for an old lover who has left her, and, to her surprise, never returned. The first reference to this love is on the first two lines of the third stanza, in which Plath writes, “I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed / And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.” (7-8). The diction…

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