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Comment 4 of 124, added on November 15th, 2004 at 5:59 PM.
A historical approach can be applied, naturally, in terms of Sylvia Plath's
one struggle with depression and suicidal tendencies, in which she refers
to occur once a decade. Rebirth is a theme I get from this poem for
instance in the lines "The peanut-crunching crowd / Shoves in to see / Them
unwrap me hand and foot -- /", "The pure gold baby". Like ressurection or
something. She comes back from the dead, uses one of her nine lives. I
think the shift in tone, where at first, she takes responsibility for her
suicide attempt at 20, then makes comments about " Herr God, Herr Lucifer,
O my enemy, means at first it was all her who wanted to end her life, and
now, it seems something or someone is pushing her to think about it again.
Maybe her husband.
What is Lady Lazarus? Something to do with God or Christ or something?
Sylvia Plath is regarded as a depressing poet, but wow, I really like her.
Comment 3 of 124, added on October 13th, 2004 at 3:09 AM.
This is probably the best of works by Sylvia as it is the easiest to be
understood. People trying to read Ariel can sit and ponder the poem for as
many hours as they wish, and still not glean as much from that poem as with
Lady Lazarus. The references to her depression and her suicide are so
glaring blatant that it would be hard to miss them. The references to the
Nazi holocaust are so poignant that it adds an atmosphere of familiarity,
knowing that Sylvia considered herself Jewish, whether she be of that
origin or not. The entire poem is based around her intent to end her life
and the passage she takes. The most interesting fact in this poem is that
it states 'One year in every ten', which I interpret to mean that it is her
3rd attempt and 30th year of life, and it is uncanny that it is in that
30th year that she actually succeeded in ending her life. A most poignant
poem by one of the greatest authors who never knew her own success.
Comment 2 of 124, added on September 25th, 2004 at 1:41 PM.
herr lucifer.. she mentions her husband twice in this poem.
the holocaust references are stunning.
i am stunned by this work..
from United States
Comment 1 of 124, added on September 15th, 2004 at 4:02 PM.
tis a brilliantly written poem and should have been added to this website
long ago. sylvia plath is a women of prestige and i find this to be one of
her best works.
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