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'Poets see the world through eyes different from other people'. How far do you think this comment applies to the work of Sylvia Plath?

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20th Century Poetry: Sylvia Plath 'Poets see the world through eyes different from other people'. How far do you think this comment applies to the work of Sylvia Plath? Sylvia Plath was born in Boston in 1932. She then took her own life in 1963 at the age of thirty-one. Sylvia Plath was an astonishing woman who, in the 31 years she lived established a reputation as the foremost female poet of her age. She married Yorkshire poet Ted Hughes, their relationship was destructive and yet creative as Plath produced great poems displayed her life and depressive years towards her death. The fact that she took her own life already gives us the idea that she did see the world through eyes different from other people. Plath must have had a reason to take her own life. The reason could be that Plath's wild imagination caused her not to recognise the world for what it actually is and she therefore didn't see the bright side of the Earth and thus committed suicide believing that she was unwanted. Plath felt alone and wanted attention. Sylvia Plath did see the world through different eyes than ordinary people. ...read more.

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In Line 19 there is a sense that she dreads actually getting to that unseen sea. The sea is so often in poetry a metaphor of death or eternity and so yet again there is a suggestion of death. This gives the impression that Plath believes that Death is the only solution to her fears and problems yet she doesn't actually know wheteher or not to solve her problems or just suffer them. This hints at her depression and helplessness once again. Once again in line 25 Plath hints at her emptiness with yet another repetition, "Nothing, Nothing". The repetition is important because it shows the poem's emptiness and its negative flavour. Throughout the poem, Plath gives off a sense of disturbed emptiness. Plath is throughout the poem expressing her feelings of emptiness and her depression. From lines 11 to 19 there is always a sense of death. Plath makes several indications that she is lonely and feels that she would like to end her life. Some examples of this are, "I do not think the sea will appear at all". This gives the impression that the road she is on will go on forever. ...read more.

Conclusion

The two poems I have just written about reflect Sylvia Plaths worry about ageing and death. Each poem shows Plath going through a series of landscapes. Her choice of words combined with her use of similes 'dumb as eyes', her metaphors 'bits of brown paper' and perhaps most significantly her use of personification 'they (the blackberries) squander their blood on my fingers', 'the candles and moon are liars', all give off an image of life. In both poems the Blackberries and the mirror are both male, they both love Plath. The poems are finally about language and imitation, about poetry and its relation to what it describes with this note I agree that poets see the world through different from other people. Only after some careful thought and consideration we do realise that poets do see the world through eyes different to other people. . From reading 'Blackberrying' by Sylvia Plath and giving the poem some thought as to what it might mean, we do get the impression that poets, especially Plath, do see the world through eyes different from other people. Plath has expressed her true feelings on her life in the poem, but her feelings are hidden under the images and descriptions within the poem. ...read more.

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