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

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Comment 71 of 221, added on October 30th, 2008 at 2:50 AM.

I think she is being ironic about the thunderbird since the actual species
(from Australia) is flightless.

ea from Germany
Comment 70 of 221, added on October 29th, 2008 at 9:52 PM.

Especially in that context (loss of faith) the Thunderbird reference is
even more wonderful...I don't think she's really referring to native
american legend, but instead the convertible car. The last stanza would be
about the comparative charm of materiality when compared to the
roller-coaster ride of faith, meaning, and deeper belief. I love this poem,
it's absolutely delicious...in a really disturbing way.

Grayson from United States
Comment 69 of 221, added on October 18th, 2008 at 12:08 PM.

I agree. It does seem like it may have some connection with God and her
faith in him. Maybe so many bad things happened to her in her past, and God
was never there to help her, so she lost her belief in religion and she
felt as though she had the complete wrong perception of religion.

bobby from Bahrain
Comment 68 of 221, added on October 3rd, 2008 at 11:48 PM.

My students always think the obvious, that it is about a love affair that
went wrong. I think its about her passion for God and then her loss of
faith. Just and idea.

Kathy from United States
Comment 67 of 221, added on June 15th, 2008 at 10:58 AM.

emma fell in love doesnt excist its fallin in love when your talking in the

rawri from Morocco
Comment 66 of 221, 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 221, 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 221, 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 221, 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 221, 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

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Mad Girl's Love Song
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 10 2006

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