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Analysis and comments on Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 31 of 145, added on June 30th, 2011 at 1:55 PM.

in fact s.plath was need an protector.without forget that she is in flower
age (20-30) she can be more confedence with someone because the right
reason was the isolation

tahiri muhammed attaellah from Algeria
Comment 30 of 145, added on May 20th, 2009 at 6:17 PM.

There was also a beggar named Lazarus who asked a rich man for money. When
they died, Lazarus went to heaven and the man went to hell where he begged
Lazarus to save him. My English teacher says she uses this Lazarus as well
b/c she wants to express the fact that suicidal people are asking or help
but we only want to curb our curiosity (which is why she's an attraction in
a 'freak show'/circus-tried to kill herself and the dr brought her back to
life). Plath tells us to help others...
Idk, that's what my teacher told our class...

Steph from United States
Comment 29 of 145, added on April 6th, 2009 at 3:27 PM.

This is a real help for those who wanted to know more about Plath's poetry.

Angelina from United States
Comment 28 of 145, added on April 5th, 2009 at 10:53 AM.

i want firstly comment on daddy poems is perfect poem sylvia domination her
father to leave her alone and resemble him by nazi ,vambire and other bad
thing sylvia talk by dissatisfaction and by anger to consider about her
sitoution after her father death she see all thing black and describe her
self like a feet leave in shoes not normal shoes but this shoes is her
father and we know feet leave into shoes and live in dark like if we are in
coffine or mouslem and this foot day after day is be big than
previously.sylvia leave in dark after father death.

samia from Sudan
Comment 27 of 145, added on January 19th, 2009 at 2:11 PM.

This poem is a total threat towards the male construct of society. Lazarus
regained his life (mentioned in New Testament) for the bless of Jesus
Christ. Christ loved Lazarus who was ill and when he was dead the Jews were
mourning. Jesus came and gave him back his life and he came out of the
tomb. Lazarus was a victim of illness and Sylvia is the victim of male
chauvinism. Lazarus resurrected as a phoenix among the jew and Plath
reincarnated as a jew among the Nazi's. This 'Nazi' represents the
oppression of male dominated society. It can also refer to Ted Hughes, the
British poet and her husband (who was accused of stealing Plath's poetry).
She understands the problem lying behind this society, the custom of
manipulation done by men towards women. And, certainly, an ambitious poet
like Plath cannot stand this subjugation of women in the society. So, she
rises. Like the red feather of Phoenix, she rises from ash with red hair.
This rise is the rise of woman intellect. It is a revolt against male
domination. Here, she has the strength to deny men's manipulative
strategies and rise beyond them. The ash represents her experience that
becomes her inspiration to fight. This experience gave her the sight to
know men's weakness and thus she becomes stronger. She 'eat them like air':
she eliminates their pride, she even threatens to eradicate their
existence. At the end of the poem, Plath celebrates and elevates the vigor
and potency of women.

There is also a confessional approach, Plath is expressing her real life
suicidal attitude at the beginning of the poem. But she also relates this
tedency with the theme of regeneration of women with greater power and

Golam Rabbani
Lecturer, Eastern University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Golam Rabbani from Bangladesh
Comment 26 of 145, added on June 11th, 2008 at 10:26 AM.

The imagery used throughout the poem is associated with the treatment of
the Jews by the Nazis in concentration camps during World War II. Plath
addresses the inhumanity of the situation, using such phrases as "A cake of
soap,/A wedding ring,/A gold filling" to represent a human being. Plath
also alludes to the medical experimentation that was practiced by the Nazi
doctors. Plath has often been criticized for relating her hardships to that
of the Jews. After all, she grew up in a relatively stable and affluent
home and received an excellent education; her suffering was in her mind.
Plath said specifically that her poems had come:

out of the sensuous and emotional experiences I have, but I must say that I
cannot sympathize with these cries from the heart that are informed by
nothing except a needle and a knife, or whatever it is. I believe that one
should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most
terrifying, like madness, being tortured, this sort of experience, and one
should be able to manipulate these experiences with an informed and
intelligent mind. I think personal experience is very important, but
certainly it shouldn't be a shut-box and mirror-looking, narcissistic
experience. I believe it should be relevant, and relevant to the larger
things, the bigger things such as Hiroshima and Dachau and so on.

Reza from Sweden

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Lady Lazarus
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Jul 27 2011

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