The Purpose Of Literature And Language In Sylvia Plath's Poetry

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Seamus Heaney once referred to the purpose of art as a way to shake us out of our habitual perception of things by making the banal, the everyday unfamiliar. It’s my philosophy that a book or a poem is a beautifully crafted piece of literary art that can be interpreted to ones own accord. Literature is a portrait of its author. To me this is where the true beauty behind literature lies, in ones ability to express themselves through words. English literature and language has been a subject that has gripped me, particularly in recent years. I believe that this strong passion stems from the way in which I’m capable of immersing myself into certain texts and the challenges of understanding the author’s emotions and inner thoughts. A major fascination to me is the sense timelessness that literature carries, for example Eavan Boland constantly blends the past and the present in her poetry. In this way, one can not only escape the current ongoings but also explore the findings of previous generations. It is an incredible thing to be able to delve into the minds of those that we may never meet. Through my study of English on the Leaving Certificate course, among other great poets, I was introduced to the work of Sylvia Plath. After studying the required poems on the course, I was eager to explore more of Plath’s works. It is evident that Plath’s poetry is filled with raw and honest emotion, reflecting the mental turmoil that she suffered from throughout her life. Plath’s use of

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