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Analysis and comments on Contusion by Sylvia Plath

Comment 1 of 1, added on January 13th, 2005 at 3:55 PM.

The last three lines of "Contusion" are the most perfect expression of
death I've ever read:
The heart shuts.
The sea slides back
The mirrors are sheeted.
I can't say I really understand the rest of the poem, although it's vivid
and I love it, especially the "doom mark" crawling down the wall, but those
last lines stand out so completely for me that I tend to disassociate them
from the rest of the poem. To me, those lines are what death is, its
finality, a soul and mind vanishing completely from the ocean of life,
consciousness and the world.

lawson from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Contusion
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1963
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 365 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 25 2007


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