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Cut by Sylvia Plath is a very vivid poem that examines bleeding and pain in very gruesome detail with strong and graphic imagery.

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Cut by Sylvia Plath is a very vivid poem that examines bleeding and pain in very gruesome detail with strong and graphic imagery. However, Plath manages to thrill the reader with her ability to draw us into her close observation of the injury that she has described in the poem. The way she chose to depict her blood loss became an extended metaphor for the whole of American history. This poem shows the emotions that Sylvia Plath feels and it also illustrates the strong political stance. Tone and Mood This poem starts of with a domestic scene, it seems. Maybe preparing for dinner which later on develops into a blur of physical and emotional senses, where she finds some kind of joy in an accident. Plath dedicated this poem to her nanny, Susan O�neill Roe as a "welcome to the family" gesture. Plath describes the feelings of self - mutilation and the emotional release that she feels. The mood of this poem is one of sadness and seriousness. ...read more.

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There is imagery used when she describes her blood as "a million soldiers run/Red coats everyone". The " thin papery feeling that she is describing could be one of how useless she feels and that is why the "saboteur" and " kamikaze man" want to kill her. In the next stanza she talks about a certain "stain on her gauze", the same gauze that is wrapped around her cut thumb. The members of the Ku Klux Klan dressed in white and were involved in much bloodshed, she compares her thumb to a member because it is dressed in white gauze and blood seeps through it. Plath continues the poem with more allusions to bloodshed such as "babushka" which is also known as the cold war. She continues the line with saying ""Darkens and tarnishes when/ The balled/Pulp of your heart", the blood has dried up and left a stain. The last stanza of this poem is a continuation of the first stanza, "how you jump---". ...read more.

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She is obviously very depressed and the fact that she turned a small cut on her thumb into something related to the Cold War and Ku Klux Klan shows the intense feelings that she has. Not only is this poem showing her true feelings but also what she thinks of her Kid�s Babysitter. Another thought that I take away from Cut is the bloodiness. Blood is the representation of force, genetics and history, she describes blood as " a million soldiers run, Redcoats, everyone" like it is a war. The use of the word "soldiers" and "run" show that she is in a battle with herself and she is losing. But more then anything, I think Cut is an excellent reflection of her intensity and her ability to imbue the banal and mundane with great significance not only in her poetry but also within her life. Seeing it as an accidental cut does not diminish it at all, instead it shows her unique and intense vision. Many people cut their thumbs while cutting onions but not all of them decide to write a poem about it. Pooja Pandey Pooja Pandey ...read more.

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