In “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath, the title is the first indication that the speaker is a woman, and underlines the tone and attitudes towards death. “Lady Lazarus” presents three main conflicts concerning the life, death and revival. First, Lazarus is a man from the New Testament Gospel of John. He had been dead of an illness for four days, and Jesus bring him back to life. Sylvia Plath used this literary allusion to foreshadow that she was going to talk about death, and following by the inevitable revive.
The poem derives its title from a biblical allusion to Lazarus of Bethany, the saint who was resurrected by Jesus four days after his death, and the title perfectly encapsulates the meaning of the text, with Plath's narrator serving as a female version of Lazarus, who is constantly defying death. Plath plows through the poem with biting three line stanzas and consistent enjambment, with at times a self-acknowledging smugness and at others a wrathful defiance and resentment towards the system she has been trapped in. In "Lady Lazarus," Plath regards death with a certain colloquial nonchalance that intentionally undermines the alarming nature of her words. She brags about her brushes with fatality as though it is a talent, or as she proudly proclaims, "an art." (Line 44).
Sylvia Plath’s “Lady Lazarus” speaks of Plath’s failed suicide attempts and the concept of death. The poem itself is extremely personal and terribly dark. Through diction, figurative language and tone Plath is able to convey the idea in which she is a female version of Lazarus, hence the title of her poem, criticizing how society has treated her and her own self-portrait. Right off the bat, Plath masks the theme of death. In the first tercet Plath confesses that she has “done it again” and every ten years manages “it”, she never specifically addresses what this action is until later in the piece but instead sets the overall theme, which is death; both figurative and literal.
What is most alarming is not just the unknown of death, but the reality of loss for the loved one who is left behind? Because of uncertainty, many people have tried to explain to the living what lies after death, yet the sad reality is that no one truly knows what’s beyond mortality. Phillis Wheatley try to explain her interpretation of death and her poem title, “a funeral poem on the death of C. E. An infant of 12 months”. Wheatley’s metaphoric description of Heaven transforms the literary meaning of the word from a place into an abstract concept of the mental faculties of her mind. Wheatley also reveals to The Reader through her poem that she is experiencing the five stages of grief.
Slide 2- 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years.26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped
Rhyming serves the purpose of making a song more interesting. David Bowie begins the song with a scheme of AAAA, where he says, ¨So many mothers sighing¨, ¨We had five years left to crying¨, ¨Earth was really dying,¨ and ¨Then I knew he was not lying.¨ There is no pattern with rhyming in the poem until the last stanza, which used the rhyme scheme of AABBCC. He rhymed talk with walk, eyes with surprise, and lot with got. He uses rhyming to add emphasis and attraction to certain parts of the song. In this case, rhyming in the first stanza was used to catch the attention of the listener.
The poem being studied comprises two sentences, of which its title comprises a fifth of the whole length. The first sentence describes what the speaker has seen followed by the next sentence which relates to what the speaker has subsequently learned. Lines 1-7 paints a scene of her mother looking at his dead father inside the casket. It is assumed that this happened at the last night of mourning vigil as stated in line 3, “for the last time” , thus the mother expressed her last words devoid from any emotion, "Good night, Willie Lee, I’ll see you in the morning." Ideally, a wife is expected to deeply mourn for her husband’s loss by sobbing or crying, but she did not.
Soon after the death of Lord’s wife in 1877, their relationship developed. It is believed they contemplated marriage, but was ended by the death of Lord in 1884, two years before Dickinson passed herself. One letter of hers to this mysterious Master reads: “A love so big it scares her, rushing among her small heart—pushing aside the blood—and leaving her [all] faint and white in the gust’s arm—” (The Dark Mystery of Emily Dickinson’s Master Letters). Most are unsure if the “Master” truly is referring to Otis P. Lord. Some believe she is referring to the devil, others consider God as the “Master” she spoke about, even though she wasn’t religious.
Literary Analysis Paper Book Title: Wuthering Heights Author: Emily Brontë The Author and Her Times: Emily Brontë was born on July 30, 1818, in Thornton, Yorkshire, England to Maria Branwell and Reverend Patrick Brontë. She had a brother, Branwell, as well as four older sisters, Charlotte, Elizabeth, Maria and Anne. Within a couple months of Emily Brontë’s birth, her mother passed away from cancer. Emily, Charlotte, Elizabeth and Maria went off to school at the Clergy Daughters’ School when Emily was six. At the school, Elizabeth and Maria contracted tuberculosis so the sisters returned home.
They looked like the enormous tears of a Pietà. They were not, on the whole, what her mother would have chosen. 10 Michelangelo's sculptural masterpiece, Pietà, depicts the body of Jesus Christ on the lap of his mother Mary after the Crucifixion. With this amazing and subtle foreshadowing used by the author, we can see the true mother's suffering and how Mary's grief is transformed into her grief. The passage quoted is the very end of the part of the story where the mother is remembering the events from two years ago and it marks the end of the flashback.