Love In Mad Girl's Love Song By Sylvia Plath

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If only simply closing our eyes could free us from suffering. Sylvia Plath in “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” illustrates just this desire. With a dark, depressing tone and vivid descriptions, the speaker expresses the suffering that lost love can bring. As a result, she chooses to believe that all her love and pain may just be a figment of her imagination. Despite her longing to forget him, the pain of unfulfilled love forces her to keep him present. Sylvia Plath 's "Mad Girl 's Love Song" examines the association between broken love and insanity within a women 's mind to show that holding onto someone you used to love has negative psychological effects.
The Villanelle style of poetry is obsessive similar to holding onto a lost love. The poem
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The stars metaphorically symbolize her love who left her, and their “waltzing” meant the breakup was peaceful. However, later, the “arbitrary darkness gallops in”(5). By using the words “darkness,” which suggests nighttime and evil, and “galloping,” which conjures up images of horses, suggest that the lover experiences a crushing sense that overpowers her. Once again, she ends the stanza by hoping that if she closes her eyes, her troubles will disappear. The line serves as a start for the rest of the poem to show how her longing for love led to “darkness.” "God topples from the sky” and “hell’s fires fade,” helps her explain the consequences of holding on too long (10-11). Her madness and actions have created disorder in the world, which she tries to evade. Closing her eyes shows that love has put weight on her shoulders, from whom she feels the need to escape. This relates back to that she feels crushed by love and as a result, wants to be freed of pain. Towards the end, she personifies a thunderbird, a type of bird, with the ability to love because they can “roar back” “when spring comes”(16-17). She wishes that she had a love that came back unlike the man who waltzed out on her. This personification suggests that …show more content…
She battles between the thought of her love’s absence as real or as just an illusion created within her head. The only place that she can remember her love is in her dreams, so she begins to think that this man was never real. Similarly, as she grew "old and forgot his name," made her think her that this love is an illusion (14). Plath hints that holding on to love for so long has caused her to become mad. On the other hand, she cannot stop second-guessing herself as to if this man was actually real. She seems to try to convince herself that this man never existed through “I think I made you up inside my head” to make it easier to get over the pain of heartbreak. The long back and forth has made her both want and not want her love to be real. She expresses the unfairness of existence and her cascade of emotions throughout the poem to show how she feels, knowing that her love may be based on a lie. Finally, Plath uses the parentheses surrounding “(I think I made you up inside my head),” to illustrate the inner thoughts of this woman. The technical choice serves a bridge between her imagination and reality by surrounding the line like a head surrounds a brain. The parentheses help to show us that she is not sure what is real

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