What do you see as a significant feature of Plath’s poetry?

What do you see as a significant feature of Plath’s poetry?

What do you see as a significant feature of Plath’s poetry? Sylvia Plath is a very enthralling poet whose poetry grips and stuns the audience with her repressed anger which she clearly expresses in most of her poems. She deals with a variety of aspects all centred on her life, but I think that the way in which she does this is rather blunt and crude, having a great effect in capturing the audience so much so that we are fearful to interrupt the powerful entity that she expresses in her poetry with such emotion. Plath deals with a range of poetry but the variety is centred mainly on her life experiences dealing with her complex psyche and her inapt way of bluntly criticising man and life, while at the same time recognising the painful gift that she has in percepting life in the peculiar way that she does. Why are Plath’s poems so effective? Generally there are a variety of reasons for a good poet and Plath is no different in this aspect. A significant feature is that she uses many techniques in her poetry ranging from shape, sound, imagery and language. While at the same time other elements such as her negativity and her position to the subject matter also are a feature. However, the way in which she has mastered this blunt yet powerful technique of describing her environment around her is witty through the use of a combination of imagery, emotive language especially her blunt terminology and metaphors and similes while combining finer touches as onomatopoeia and alliteration and assonance shows us the class her poetry. Plath uses shape to give her poems a certain rhythm. They range in length from short lined poems eg “Mushrooms’ and “Lady Lazarus’ to longer verse which contrast each other in tone and effect. Through the use a few lines in “Mushrooms’ Plath utilisers the aspect of something slowly moving up layer by layer and wistfully states the last line “Our foot’s in the door’. This twist is unexpec…


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