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Poem Analysis

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Erin Holloway

on 25 January 2013

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Transcript of Poem Analysis

A Mad Girl's Love Song By; Sylvia Plath Throughout this poem Sylvia uses repetition to
emphasize that she must of made up her love
in her head. Sound Device Usage Her slim use of sound devices and
figurative language hurts her. The
poem is not as good as could be
because of the lack. The repetition helps her emphasize that
she has been waiting so long for her lover
that she believes she has made him up.
This drives her mad (crazy). She does use a bit of assonance. In
the second line of the second stanza
she says, "And arbitrary blackness
gallops in." Blackness and gallops have the
same sounding vowels. Figurative Language The most visible figurative language is personification.
"The stars go waltzing out in blue and red" implies that they are leaving her without a second thought. She also uses rhyme. In her
poem the first and third lines
always rhyme. This makes the
poem sound catchy and like
it has a flow. She also uses a metaphor in the last
stanza. In that line she is comparing
her lover to a Thunderbird. She goes
on to explain that they come back in
the Spring when her lover never does. This makes that line sound soft and flowy. Overall this poem is good. The poem is not great because of the lack of devices. She could of used more and then that would make it better. I do like her use of repetition, because it really gets her point across.
I do feel as if this whole thing is one huge hyperbole, though. Mainly because she is trying to make a point. And that makes the poem better. The repetition and the hyperbole tie together. Without one or the other the poem would not be as good. Sylvia Plath is a very
depressing author, and
I can feel it in her poems
when I read them. I really
like that! "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)
I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)" This poem is a free verse poem. This poem just goes on to explain
how crazy she has been without her lover.
It says that it's been so long since she's
seen him that she has grown to forget
his name. She says that waiting for his return
has driven her mad and that she just believes
she made him up.
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