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Copy of Sylvia Plath

Amber Ayers, Rylee Bell, Tori Pegram

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on 8 June 2013

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Sylvia Plath 1932-1963 Sylvia's Work Lets Wrap It Up Video A review Literary Elements!!!! Mirror What is a Poetic Device? Mad Girls Love Song Themes and Style Today's Lesson Background History Random Fact Lets Begin The Torture Mrs.Hendricks you look beautiful today! "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.)"
-Sylvia Plath I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions.
Whatever I see I swallow immediately
Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike.
I am not cruel, only truthful ‚
The eye of a little god, four-cornered.
Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall.
It is pink, with speckles. I have looked at it so long
I think it is part of my heart. But it flickers.
Faces and darkness separate us over and over.

Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me,
Searching my reaches for what she really is.
Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
I see her back, and reflect it faithfully.
She rewards me with tears and an agitation of hands.
I am important to her. She comes and goes.
Each morning it is her face that replaces the darkness.
In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish.
- Sylvia Plath Sylvia Plath-(1932-1963)
Born in Boston, MA
Otto and Aurelia Plath were Sylvia's parents
Smiths College and Cambridge College were two of the colleges that Sylvia attended
Married Ted Hughes in London, England
Her children were Frieda and Nicholas Hughes.
"Mad Girls Love Song" and "Mirror" are two of her poems
The major themes and styles in her poems are death, nature, motherhood, victimization, and patriarchy. -Discovering background on a famous poet.
-Looking at the styles and themes of her work.
-We will also be analyzing "Mirror" and "Mad Girl's Love Song" and the poetic devices involved. Bingo Words!!!!! Theme and Style Poetic Devices Poetic Devices Theme and Style Theme
Has to do with how valuable our self-image is, how we age emotionally, and the grief that may come with age.
This poem is a representation of a woman's struggle with image and self conscience.
This poem is written in free verse. Death- The void left by her father's death.
also dealt with in terms of suicide, which corresponds to her own suicide attempts and eventual death by suicide.
Victimization- Plath felt like a victim to the men in her life.
Patriarchy- Plath lived and worked in England and America, societies characterized by very strict gender roles.
Nature- She often evokes the sea and the fields to great effect.
The sea is usually associated with her father.
Her self- She wrote extensively of her own life, her own thoughts, her own worries.
Motherhood- She wrote about this prescribed role for women.
she was not content in either pregnancy or motherhood. -Born on October 27th in Boston, Massachusetts to Otto and Aurelia Plath.
-Her father died when she was eight and she was hit with grief, guilt, and anger which led to some of her great work but also to her deep depression.
-She attended Smiths College and then Cambridge College in England where she meet her husband.
-She married Ted Hughes in June of 1956 in London, England.
-They were divorced by February 1963 and had, had two kids, Frieda and Nicholas Hughes.
-Sylvia had attempted suicide many times but finally succeed on February 11,1963, by sticking her head in a gas oven and dying from carbon monoxide poisoning.
-The last thing she did was leave two mugs of milk and a plate of buttered bread for her children. -http://www.biography.com/people/sylvia-plath-9442550/videos/sylvia-plath-facing-her-demons-2080101550

^You know the boring video where there is always those people that are just a little bit to old.(Its only two minutes) -Personification- "The stars go waltzing out in blue and red" is an example of personification because stars don't waltz, that is a thing that people partake in.

-Repetition- she repeats "I think I made you up inside my head." and "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead." She repeats the first showing that yes she knows he was here but its like this person never existed. I believe she repeats it so much because maybe she can make herself believe she made him up. She repeats the second line to show the main theme in the poem. Sylvia Plath
Boston, Massachusetts
Mad Girls Love Song
Massachusetts Otto and Aurelia Plath
Smiths College
Cambridge College
Ted Hughes
Frieda and Nicholas Hughes
Gas Oven
London, England
Otto Plath
Suicide Personification
In the first stanza of "Mirror" Plath uses the words "meditate" and "swallow" to describe the actions of an inanimate object, the mirror.

Plath uses imagery in her poem in the beginning of the second stanza, she says "Now I am a lake, a woman bends over me."
Another example, "In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an old woman
Rises toward her day after day, like a terrible fish" A poetic device is a language feature such as a simile, metaphor, and pun. Poetic devices are often called poetic methods and there can be a number of them used in a poem. Are closely related to Literally elements. -Theme-This poem has a theme of suicide as an escape. Sylvia in this poem gives off the feel that she can control her own death. For example she says "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead". She shuts her eyes and all the world drops dead.
-Style- Villanelle.The villanelle’s are 19 line poems that form five triplets and a quatrain, using only two rhymes throughout the whole form.
-"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead"
-"I think I made you up inside my head" Being written in free verse means that the poem has no set rhyme or rhythm. Imagery- visually descriptive or figurative language
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