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Comment 24 of 165, added on November 5th, 2011 at 5:08 PM.

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Comment 23 of 165, added on November 2nd, 2011 at 7:20 PM.
Kindness by Sylvia Plath

I think it is important to remember that when Plath wrote this poem there
was no date planned for her suicide, she did not view her life as
imminently ending. Her wall calendar attests to this; appointments and
meetings were planned ahead of time. Her suicide was committed in a dark
moment of frustration and despair, not on an assigned date and time.

I see the poem as a poke in the eye to Hughes, a riposte to his gruesome
play "Difficulties of a Bridegroom" which had been broadcast two weeks
earlier and in which a rabbit (Plath) is hit by a car and then traded for
two roses which he offers as a gift to his mistress.

Plath is addressing Hughes himself, he is Kindness, the lines: "And here
you come, with a cup of tea
Wreathed in steam" is stating, "your threats are nothing but hot air" and
Hughes is evaporated and de-masculinized, having unintentionally bestowed
upon Plath, the greatest gift of all, children and "the blood jet of

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Comment 20 of 165, added on September 4th, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Kindness
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1963
Added: Feb 20 2003
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