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Edge by Sylvia Plath (Ayesha Jihad)
Transcript of Edge by Sylvia Plath (Ayesha Jihad)
Body wears the smile of accomplishment,
The illusion of a Greek necessity. Flows in the scrolls of her toga,
Feet seem to be saying:
We have come so far, it is over.
Each dead child coiled, a white serpent,
One at each little
Pitcher of milk, now empty.
She folded Stanzas 3, 4,5, 6 Them back into her body as petals
Of a rose close when the garden
Stiffens and odors bleed
From the sweet, deep throats of the night flower.
The moon has nothing to be sad about,
Staring from her hood of bone.
She is used to this sort of thing.
Her blacks crackle and drag. Stanzas 7, 8, 9, 10 Sylvia Plath wrote this poem 6 days before she took her own life. Her opinion of death has finally been settled, she wants it. She wants it bad enough to leave her kids, bad enough to leave the life she's living. She makes death seem so beautiful by comparing a deceased woman to an Ancient Greek woman. The way she talks about the milk being left for the children shows that by the day she wrote this poem not was she sure about committing suicide, but also about how she was going to leave her children. Significance of the Poem
Plath, Sylvia, and Ted Hughes. "Edge." The
Collected Poems. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. 272-73. Print.
"Toga." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 14
Nov. 2012. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toga>. Structure of Poem The poem consists of 10 stanzas, 2 lines each making a total of 20 lines. Each stanza interrelates to the corresponding one. This poem is full of enjambments. The reason could be that the message Plath was attempting to convey to the readers was extremely important that she didn't want them to have time to stop and think. She just wanted them to read and to convince and justify not only them, but herself of the action of suicide. assonance alliteration Metaphor Enjambment simile assonance, internal rhyme Personification Personification Internal rhyme, onomatopoeia Enjambment Enjambment Tone/ Mood/ Theme Plath begins by comparing the suicide (death) to white which is happiness, purity and innocence. She ends by talking about black, which is dark, upsetting and gloomy. This shows her shift in mood from beginning to end. The mood of this poem is depressing and confuses the reader as they try to figure out what is really going through the mind of Plath.
The overall theme is suicide.