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Analysis and comments on Mad Girl's Love Song by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 66 of 196, added on December 2nd, 2007 at 8:43 PM.

I should also mention that she doesn't even meet Ted for another 4-5 years
when this poem was written.

Jess from United States
Comment 65 of 196, added on December 2nd, 2007 at 8:38 PM.

In response, this poem is not about her husband Ted Hughes. The poem was
written in her first collection of poetry right before she started college
at Smith College. It first appeared in a literary magazine.

I'm not sure if she indended this poem to define a lover, or if she meant
it to represent the expression of love itself. Either case, it's not about
Ted Hughes.

Jess from United States
Comment 64 of 196, added on November 28th, 2007 at 11:57 AM.

This poem to me shows her depression after her husband left her. And she is
wishing she could have fell in love with someone different so she wouldn't
have to go through that pain and she can't depcict reality from her past.

Emma from United States
Comment 63 of 196, added on November 27th, 2007 at 8:44 PM.

her love is gone and she is experiencing so much sadness that her world
seems dead. reality is distorted and she feels as if he was just a figment
of her imagination. hopeless, she knows he will never return. time will
pass and she will forget him as if he never existed.

adria from United States
Comment 62 of 196, added on May 26th, 2007 at 1:15 PM.

I don't agree with the comments about this being only a love poem. I think
the beauty of Plath's poetry is her ability to include a deeper meaning and
for me, this poem seems like a haunting plea to the author about her
inability to cope with the world's restrictions and so her descent into
insanity, the reference to god falling and the fires of hell fading,
emphasises that there is nothing in life, even religion to help stabilise
her and that for her the world has become an empty black place full of
uncertainty and devoid of love.

Melissa from United Kingdom
Comment 61 of 196, added on May 22nd, 2007 at 12:48 PM.

the first time i read the Bell Jar i fell in love with her amazing work.
Since then ive read the book over and over again and Mad Girl's Love Song
is my first poem ive read by her and its also my favorite. right now in
high school i have to do a project on her and im really excited

jordan from United States
Comment 60 of 196, added on March 22nd, 2007 at 4:57 PM.

i don't think this is a beautiful love poem at all. i think she is
depressed because her lover has left, and she is watching her world fall
into chaos. she can't tell the difference between her dreams and reality,
and any trust she may have had in religion is gone. Without religion or a
man to rule things, she's left to herself, which makes her feel paranoid.
it's tragic.

Meghan from United States
Comment 59 of 196, added on January 29th, 2007 at 1:55 PM.

this poem ...touched my soul within and made me feel like i've lived in
vain till now....

danaidha from Romania
Comment 58 of 196, added on January 29th, 2007 at 12:19 PM.

I read the Bell Jar, loved it, and needed more of Sylvia Plath. When I read
this one, I feel instantly in love with it, because to me it seems of a
perfect man and wondering if its true. It is hanging in my locker, and will
go with me everywhere in life.

Andrea from United States
Comment 57 of 196, added on June 3rd, 2006 at 1:19 AM.

I love this poem. I love how instead of writing a "mushy" love poem, she
added sort of a twist. Don't get me wrong, I love "mushy" love poems every
now and then. I just love this poem, and I love Sylvia Plath. She's just
below Edgar Allen Poe on my list.

Rachel from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Mad Girl's Love Song
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Poem of the Day: Apr 10 2006


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