Sylvia Plath, a famous poet active during mid-twentieth century, articulates the phase of pregnancy in her poem, “You’re”. “You’re” is essentially an associative response to the truth of fetus, but its art is certain and fascinating to contemplate. Plath conveys the mixed emotions that regulate during the persona’s phase of pregnancy and childbirth
As can be seen during this performance, Sylvia Plath challenged the roles and values of her time through her decisions and her poems. Despite being raised in a unitarian family, she embraced the heathen and metaphysical. From the outside it looked like she met societies expectations of a woman but the double in her poems revealed what Sylvia really thought of these expectations. Plath’s poem Mirror is a notable example of this doubling. It combines all her opinions and displays them in full view while deceiving the reader through her use of diction and various forms of poetic devices such as personification and metaphorical language.
Feminism is not about making women gain strength, they are already strong, it is about changing the mindset of society. Women have the ability to achieve anything a man can, so why are women limited of their potential to succeed in life? The fifties was a time where the only ideal role for women in life was to become a housewife, because that is what the social norms were. With that case, there were many women that were dissatisfied and felt incomplete, since they had no voice and control over their life. During the 1950’s women faced patriarchal oppression which impacted their family life, job opportunities, and mental health.
The poet compares this mother to other mothers in the refugee camp to amplify her love for her child and therefore the suffering she has to go through while watching him die. The other mothers are described by the poet as having “long ceased to care”, suggesting that they have tragically given up their jobs of motherhood, heartbreakingly accepting the death of those close to them. However this is contrasted with this mother’s lovingness and refusal to accept the death of her son, portrayed through the short and sharp phrase “but not this one”. Ugly, disturbing, and brutal images of camp-life such as, “the air was heavy
However, defining the problem is difficult. Friedan realizes the reason why: the media is part of the problem, because women’s magazines claim that women are finding happiness where, in fact, they are not. Friedan admits that as a writer for these magazines she has helped perpetuate the problem. Friedan researched women’s magazines before and after World War II and notes that during the 1930s women were portrayed as pioneering career women who had their own goals apart from or in addition to marriage and family. She describes the stereotype of the “New Woman,” who frequently appears in pre-war magazine articles and fiction as struggling with and succeeding at defining her own identity.
[answer Q title here], reading Plath 's poetry was quite disturbing. The best poems to explain this experience are “Child”, “Morning Song”, “Mirror”, “The Arrival of the Bee Box”, and of course, “Poppies in July”. There are poems that aren’t quite as depressing, such as “Pheasant”, but certainly an unsettled atmosphere pervades throughout Plath’s work. In contrast to the emptiness and despair of many of Plath’s poems, “Morning Song” is suffused with tenderness and love. The poem focuses on a woman’s feelings of apprehension and awe upon the birth of her child.
Sylvia Plath was born on October 27th, 1932. When Sylvia was only eight, her father died of diabetes. At the same age, Plath started her career as a writer. At school, she was an intelligent student with straight A’s. She won many poetry trophies at her school and then graduated and entered Smith College.
The introduction to Sylvia Plath in the Norton Anthology gives insight into “Daddy” and how the poem is meant to be read. It states the following. “While her poems often begin in autobiography, their success depends on Plath’s imaginative transformation of experience into myth, as in a number of her poems (such as “Daddy”) where the figure of her Prussian father is transformed into an emblem of masculine authority.” (Hungerford, page 621) Based on the information given in the introduction, the contents of the poem become much more obvious. The poem, like “Lady Lazarus” has a lot of mentions of the holocaust, however, in this case it relates to the speaker’s father. It is through this and other descriptions that Plath’s paints the speakers father and her own father as that emblem for masculine authority that the introduction to Sylvia Plath mentions.
parent’s words or actions leave behind an astounding effect on a child. Whether positive or negative, those are moments that shape and alter the child’s life. In Sylvia Plath’s poem Daddy, the story tells how the narrator copes and continues her life after her father dies. Even after his harsh treatment and rude demeanor while he was alive, his stills is an entity that she herself lives her life by. Plath conveys the narrator’s of confinement with the use of metaphors, repetition, and allusion throughout the poem.