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Analysis and comments on Ariel by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 9 of 149, added on February 11th, 2006 at 11:23 PM.

In this instance I am inclined to agree with Bilal Hasan. Though it is
admittedly delightful to sum up the ideas expressed into neat little
packages that can be easily referred to, this does not afford us an
instantaneous understanding of the intentions of the author involved, no
more than an icon affords us an instantaneous understanding of the
personage of God. The reader still requires some collaborative objectivity
on his/her part in order to just sit back and enjoy the ride the poet
intended for him/her, which intense speculation can, if taken to the nth
degree, spoil the effects of altogether -- not to mention threatening the
spontaneous effects of such superfluous niceties as beauty . Bu I know,
it's tempting, isn't it? :)


Keira from United States
Comment 8 of 149, added on January 31st, 2006 at 8:35 AM.

hi i love sylvia plaths poems and i have a lot incomen with her

miranda moore from United States
Comment 7 of 149, added on December 21st, 2005 at 8:04 AM.

this is in reply to valerie:

If you'd actually take the time to learn about Plath's background and try
to understand the novel, you would find that it's not just "random crap."
These are not just random metaphors- this is about her desire for rebirth
in the form of death. Think before you speak. Not all poets who use
metaphor have to be as bad at it as you are.

Bridget
Comment 6 of 149, added on November 8th, 2005 at 7:03 AM.

This is a reply to valarie's comment:

What an ignorant comment. This is not random stuff. For example: what do
you think this means:

Splits and passes, sister to
The brown arc
Of the neck I cannot catch,

This stanza is about the horse she had. "brown arc of the neck I cannot
catch" obviously horses move much faster than a human being.

Anyway. I don't know where you get your information, but I'm not surprised
that you write "crap." You're also shitty at interpretations. I'm not
impressed by you. Next.

me from Canada
Comment 5 of 149, added on July 19th, 2005 at 7:35 AM.

I'd just like to say that although plath's work is said to be the precursor
of Feminism, most of her work, esp. short-stories, are written in a rather
masculine voice

Azoth from Australia
Comment 4 of 149, added on April 19th, 2005 at 1:38 AM.

it seems way too easy to speak and write in metaphors.anyone can do it and
i don't think its some big accomplishment.it seems like people just applaud
that kind of stuff because they can't understand it....i write crap down
that i don't even understand and people are enthralled by it.its
ridiculous.im not impressed.next poet!

valarie from United States
Comment 3 of 149, added on March 8th, 2005 at 10:21 AM.

Ariel
I will dwell a bit on Jack Folsom's comments; although overall it is an
acceptable comment, there are some parts and opinins to which I disagree.
First of all, I don't think biographical criticism should used and applied
extensively when discussing Sylvia Plath's work, and neither when dealing
with literature in general. Especially since there is no need for
biographical information to justify Plath's art; it stands on its own and
speaks for itself. So Mr. Folsom's side-info about Plath writing the poem
on her b'day, "in a psychic rebirth" after her marriage failed is
unnecessary and with no relevance for the perception of the poem. Not to
mention that this "psychic rebirth" is highly questionable.
Moreover, the reference to Plath's breaking free from "the shoulds and
oughts of a woman's role in that time" - that time being her childhood- is
again false. Feminism as a movement and critical trend emerged and
developed in the late 1960s and 70s, after Plath's death, and I think the
goals of the movement were never fully attained. Although Plath criticised
and opposed socially prescribed roles (some even argue that she was a
feminist avant la lettre), she did live in a period when the image and the
roles of women promoted by popular culture were highly stereotypical .
Nevertheless, it is true that Plath invents and reinvents herself in her
work, gaining power, but she never really 'wins', since most of the times
her game is one of self-irony.
Another passage, "The dew that flies/Suicidal". But hold on there, you
Plath suicide fans! It is the dew that is suicidal, not the woman--why?
Because the dew evaporates into the heat of the sun as the morning
progresses." is not acurate, since she says she is the dew:
"And I/Am the arrow,/The dew that flies/Suicidal, at one with the
drive/Into the red/Eye, the cauldron of morning."
Another reproach to the comment above is that it attempts to be more an
explanation or a retelling of the poem rather than a critical opinion,
reaction or perception. I mean, literature should not be explained and
retold in other words, but experienced and felt.


Bilal Hasan from Pakistan
Comment 2 of 149, added on November 5th, 2004 at 7:53 PM.

most ambiguous of all plath's poems

memoona from Pakistan
Comment 1 of 149, added on October 18th, 2004 at 3:32 AM.

James Reich provides an analysis of Sylvia Plath's poem Ariel at
www.jamesreich.com Published on the anniversary of her death.

james reich from United Kingdom

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Ariel
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Nov 24 2006


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