Life Before She Committed Suicide By Sylvia Plath Essay

2228 Words Nov 27th, 2016 9 Pages
“Ariel” Sylvia Plath’s Ariel is one of the most renowned collections of poetry from the twentieth century. These poems were written during the last years of Plath’s life before she committed suicide and gives us a unique insight into the inner workings of her mind. Her estranged husband and fellow poet, Ted Hughes, published Ariel in 1965 after Plath’s suicide. In these poems Plath transcends to become her true self; the tone is cool, amused, bitter, and unnervingly charming. This collection is completely personal and confessional with a slight side of madness, knowing that the poems came from her last days give a haunting feeling to every line. With Ariel, Plath embodies the ideals of modernism without ever losing sight of herself and that is what makes this collection stand out some 50 years after its publication. “Morning Song” is the first poem in this collection, and it describes a woman giving birth and later waking in the night to tend to her crying baby. For a poem that is about mother and child there seems to be no maternal feelings or tone to the poem. Instead, there is a strange feeling of separation and emotional estrangement. From the opening line, “Love set you going like a fat gold watch”, Plath compares the baby, animate, to an inanimate watch; from this simile we get a separation between the act of love and the actual baby. It takes something we see as natural and turns it into something unsettling and new, giving a disorienting effect to motherhood. The…

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