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Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath: Critical Analysis of “Daddy” and “Lady Lazarus”, “The Shot” and 'Birthday Letters'

The inconsistent points of view presented that form Hughes’ roles as both a composer and persona in Birthday Letters, are revealed in the interaction with memory and hindsight. In “Fulbright Scholars” this interaction is displayed in the tension that is produced in the opening of the poem from the repetition of the juxtaposition of rhetorical questions which he writes answers to. In particular, when he asks; “Were you among them? I studied it…”, the inquisitive yet unfounded tone in the...
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Critical Analysis of Poetry by Sylvia Plath: Daddy, Lady Lazarus and Ariel

For years, the collection of poems Ariel By Sylvia Plath has been used for educational purposes and a symbol of American literary. Known for its dark humor and terrorizing experience growing up and in her adulthood, Ariel has taken the world’s literature by surprise, winning at least 3 notable awards worldwide. If you are a sucker for good poems, Ariel might just be the perfect read for you – here are 5 reasons why Ariel is the book for you!...
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Critical Analysis of Poetry by Sylvia Plath: Lady Lazarus and Fever 103

Fever 103° is a poem first published in 1965 as a component of Sylvia Plath’s anthology entitled Ariel. This poem was written in the autumn of 1962, when Plath was struck by the flu and left alone to care for her young children. “Fever 103°” describes a speaker caught in the hallucinogenic state of a high fever, all the while she transcends into her purest form. One of the predominant themes within this poem is religion. Plath often shares religious...
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Critical Analysis of Poetry by Sylvia Plath: Daddy and Lady Lazarus

The use of brutal and venomous tones us in the poem as would praise of its unadulterated rage towards male dominance, to wariness at its usage of holocaust imagery. These tones are present in the entire poem “Daddy”. In the poem “Daddy” Plath sees that she explains how her life is as she lives with her decease father and how it is for her. Plath starts with “does not do anymore,” and that she feels like she has been a...
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Poetic Collaboration between Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath: ‘Birthday Letters’, ‘Lady Lazarus’, 'Fulbright Scholars' and 'Red'

Textual conversations between conflicting texts highlight both the parallels between the composer’s ideologies as well as their conflicting attitudes, underscoring the contrasting outlooks from both parties. Resonating and reaffirming this idea is the contradictory interplay between Sylvia Plath’s poetry collection of ‘Ariel’, authored during an era of gender digression, where women were stereotypically branded as housewives,; and Ted Hughes’ attempts to reconcile and expiate guilt as he confronts the public about his relationship with Sylvia Plath, in his poetry collection...
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