Comment -100 of , added on January 25th, 2006 at 3:32 PM.
It is by far the greatest poem I've ever read. I believe that she made a
lot of contributions to the feminist movement and therefore she deserves a
place in history books,
Fernando from United States
Comment -101 of , added on December 12th, 2005 at 5:29 AM.
I usually have a very hard time analyzing poetry, but Plath's
confessionalist works are clear to me. As one of the previous commentors
noted, only she knows exactly what she is saying, but we can connect with
her meanings through the emotions she is not afraid to show in this poem.
She believed that you should take the mundane, everyday sorrow and connect
it with something bigger. That is why this poem alludes to the Nazis and
the Jews. She is incorportating her emotionnal struggle and her battle
with manic depression into the sorrows of the world. She does this so that
even those of us who have not posted hours in a mental treatment facility
can understand the emotions tied to her suffering. I don't think she
equates herself with the Jews and their level of suffering. She was more
intelligent and insightful than that. She just wants to convey human
emotion at every level of the spectrum so that even the "peanut crunching
crowd", who are portrayed (quite accurately) as unfeeling, or unable to
make the connections between different forms of human suffering and
persecution. Another thing she is doing in this poem is contrasting her
exterior with her interior. She is powerful on the outside, like the Nazi
lampshade, but she is frail on the inside. Her death is her control over
the situation; her only control. She was separated with two small
children, low on money, and ill. It was all she knew to do at that point.
But what kept happening is that she kept surviving, and that was simply the
bane of her existence. She was tired of waking up to the "same place, the
same face, the same brute..." So finally, she triumphed. She has arisen
through her work, and as one of the other commentors said, she lives on
through her poetry.
Comment -102 of , added on December 6th, 2005 at 5:47 AM.
PLATH's Lady Lazarus is a deed of modern society.Through this poem Plath's
expresses her deep feelings and disgust against the deep rooted stubborn
patriarchal society.In the poem , as mentioned 'nine times to die' and in
her personal life also , Plath is a modern Feminist martyr who expresses
her revolt against this ill fated society. Plath's LADY LAZARUS is actually
a social deed. It is important in the history of Englishliterature for many
causes. It combines the society, politics, economics, as well as personal
grudge against society of a love-lorn, desolated female persona.All these
ideas are rolled into one.Simultaneously, here expresses Plath's another
attitude of fleeting and escapist mentality like the romantics, but at the
end her robust ambition of being resurrected like the mythical Phoenix is
Comment -103 of , added on November 29th, 2005 at 3:36 AM.
what does anyone think about the pronoun "I" as a tool in this poem? i
think it works better than other Plath poems like Moon and the yew tree
because of the "I" but the way she makes her self sound tormented riles me.
she wasnt jewish, but she used that to detatch herself further from her
father Otto, because he was German. to make it that she was as tormented
in a physical sense as people who were tortured in the holocaust must be
justified by her mental state-but the fact that she condemns people
(peanut-crunching crowd) for reading her poems, confuses me-Plath's whole
life was geared towards becoming this amazing writer, to be respected by
from United Kingdom
Comment -104 of , added on November 14th, 2005 at 10:44 AM.
This is an original piece of art coming straight from the heart of soul.
It's butt obivious that she's depressed and has mastered the art of
comitting suicide but the element thats hidden is here is that she's
standing out against the atrocities of world and instead of revolting
against them, enjoying the perfection she's bringing to her suicidal
tendencies. She's very patient and self centered because it takes her a
complete decade to pile the causes up as an excuse to take her own life.
One could also interpret this poem in regards of the poet being molested or
sexually abused(raped) by the male community time and again which kills a
part of her everytime it happens. But it won't be the correct
interpretation to imagine her being raped at the age of 90(9th encounter, a
decade for each).
from United States
Comment -105 of , added on November 1st, 2005 at 10:06 AM.
No, Plath was not Jewish; however, her father was German: Otto Plath, a
rather cold, withdrawn expert on, of all things, bees. He wrote a
relatively respected book on the subject. Because he was never much of a
part of her life, part of her more confessional poetry is the search for
understanding of him and of how she relates to him as his daughter, how he
has shaped her genetically, intellectually, emotionally.
One of the elements of the poem that I have always admired is the symbol of
things being stripped away from the narrator. Perhaps this is why the
skeletal concentration camp survivors become so important in this poem. Her
rebirth, her resurrection, is as a new being, having shed those parts which
she no longer needs. Perhaps what she loses is the power of society--and
men in particular--to intimidate her. The villains of this piece are male,
certainly, but, by the end of the poem, after several deaths, she is able
to say that she now has power, that she eats "men like air." Rebirth, for
the narrator is not the resurrection of the original body, but the birth of
something quite new and more essential, more real than what had died.
Elizabeth from United States
Comment -106 of , added on October 5th, 2005 at 12:13 PM.
This is one of the best poems ever written because it really speaks of a
woman's pain, which is nevertheless a political pain, sylvia plath is a
milestone for the women all over the world who are sensitive to their
souls, and women who try to avoid the tropes of patriarchy....i wish people
would stop analyzing sylvia and take a sip from the pure and true emotion
she has to offer because that's all poetry is at the end.....the purest
forms of emotion crystalized in words....
Comment -107 of , added on September 8th, 2005 at 10:08 AM.
I feel that the empathy with Lazarus is because that that story wasn't
really about him. It was about Jesus performing a really impressive
miracle and his family being so excited. Did he want to come back?
She's very bitter about her 'noble' rescuers. She doesn't underestimate
their concern - it's concern for their own heroism. Her attempted deaths
make her an applauded star performer. The also make her a product for them
- like the 'products' of the nazi extermination - skin lampshades, soap,
gold teeth, jewellery. Her suicides are trivialised because they stop
being about her. They're about the doctors and family who save her and
'make her well again' (without actually fixing the real problems). They
can't meet her where she is - so she sees them as merely profiting from her
Alan from South Africa
Comment -108 of , added on August 26th, 2005 at 3:06 AM.
Its a theatrical, just as she says it is. The rush bleeds into her pen and
she is caught again by her wave. what saddens me is that everyone sees her
poetry as grim including her ex husband Ted Hughes, whereas she manages to
touch another vibe for me. its more or less like a farce that stays on too
long or an emotion that is very self expressive. hard to explain it, but at
least i tried! Here's to reading your poems kid. Its a pity you never knew
how much its made a difference!
Comment -109 of , added on June 26th, 2005 at 2:00 AM.
awsome poem, really grabed my attention. But is she Jewish?
p.s is Becky, Vuli and Becky?
if so rock on man!!!
holden (named after catcher in the rye) from Australia