Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets Essay

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Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets

     With World War II finally over and a chapter in history written, the next chapter is about to begin. The twentieth century brings with it a new literary movement called postmodern, where poetry is "breaking from modernism" and taking on a whole new style Within postmodern poetry emerge confessional poets whom remove the mask that has masked poetry from previous generations and their writings become autobiographical in nature detailing their life's most intense personal experiences, therefore becoming the focus of their work.

      Considered to be the "mainstream of postmodern poetry" confessional poetry did not hit its
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"Skunk Hour" is another poem where Lowell does not spare the details surrounding his personal inner anguish where he confesses "I myself am hell; nobody's here.(35-36).

     Postmodern poet Sylvia Plath, is like Robert Lowell for she "centers much of her poetry on intensely personal and forbidden subjects" (593). According to the anthology, Plath's work exemplifies the "agonizing yet creative relationship between pain and creativity" (593). Plath was always trying to transcend the life she actually had. Her works hit on taboo subjects. Her poem "Daddy" translates a private message about the hurt her father has caused her and the intolerable hurt into a public message. She realizes the hurt her father has caused her over her life. Her writing is a form of therapy for her. By not mincing her words her intentions are clear and she is able to get rid of the hurt from her father once and for all. She writes: "Daddy, I have had to kill you./ you died before I had time" (6-7). In her poem "Lady Lazarus," she converts life into art by revealing her long escalating drive toward suicide:

     Is it an art, like everything else
     I do it exceptionally well.
     I do it so it feels like hell
     I do it

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