Sylvia Plath Mad Girl's Love Song Analysis

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Sylvia Plath, born October 27, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, was a poet, and short-story writer (Hobsbaum, 2003). As part of the Confessionalist movement, she commonly wrote about topics such as death, depression and victimization. She has published a series of poems and a semi-autobiographical memoir that depicts her life, with the names of people and places changed. Her semi-autobiographical memoir, The Bell Jar, depicts Esther Greenwood’s slow downward spiral to madness. Plath was deeply affected by the premature death of her father, her mental instability being worsened by the absence of her mother. The lacking of two parental figures served as a serious detriment to Plath’s overall health and made an impact on her writing. Her personal issues were often undermined by her mother, who wanted her to follow the typical role of a woman in society at the time. Plath’s difficulty with both of her parents caused her difficulties in pursuing relationships with men. Many of her poems feature tellings of failed relationships and feelings of inadequacy. Because of her serious mental issues, each of Plath’s poem can not be read without taking into consideration the undeniable psychological aspects of her writing. “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” originally…show more content…
Villanelles are a type of fixed verse poetry with a strict and demanding structure. It is a six stanza poem, the first five stanzas containing three lines, a tercet (Michno, 2000). The concluding stanza, contains four lines, also called a quatrain. The first and third lines of the first tercet are repeated in the last lines of the remaining stanzas. The quatrain at the end of the poem contains both lines repeated. These repeated lines are referred to as the refrain. The refrains and fourth line in the last stanza all rhyme with each other. The key aspect of repetition in villanelles is very important to the overall meaning and interpretation of the

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