Sylvia Plath Poetry

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American literature takes a new turn in the seventeenth century in a search for the ideal, a search lighted and directed by hope and expectation. Sylvia Plath is reckoned as a very important poet of American literature. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1982. Her poetry is evasive, intriguing, intelligent and intense. Plunging deeper in her psyche, one finds her to be a poet of extraordinary positive urge. A person as ambiguous and self-contradictory as Sylvia Plath can hardly be fitted into a single critical jargon or simple formula.

Attempt has been made in this paper entitled “Art as a source of Self Transformation – A Study of Sylvia Plath’s Poetry” to analyse the important aspects of her poetic being,
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The volume Ariel is one of the last poems of her academic period. The theme of this volume is concerned with same old conflict and contradictions between love and hate, life and death in her personal as well as universal terms. Her thesaurus was her main source of inspiration. The distinguishingly smart and efficient wording of her early poetry takes one way from the actual Plath to different etymological sources or literary influences. She achieves the magic of poetic glory simply by the force of ordinary colloquial speech. In her early poetry, we see Plath concentrating on the visual and descriptive form of poetry and she chooses her metaphors and images only to substantiate that.

The literary evolutions of her work have a way of turning into moralising, because of her own fleeting references to the disorders of her life and that of others. Similarly noteworthy is the fact that as a poet, she tries neither to prescribe nor to escape an existing order, exacting no demand for reform. She has a vision of life’s imperfections. Her poetry bears testimony to fits of
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This lead to the wisdom, that death is not finale. There is a hope for rebirth. Through the course of her poetic development she got that illumination. In her early poems, she did not involve herself deeply in the poetic pursuit giving vent to all her private agonies with suitable mythical mask. But her later poems reveal her tumultuous passion of surface taking the plunge into deeper mysteries of life. Accordingly she moves from the tradition mode to open form, dynamic expression. She achieved the artistic control only after practicing it a lot during the early days. Her last poems are remarkable evidences for her unified creation, for her forceful passion in perfect co-ordination with rhythmical
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