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

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Comment 12 of 202, added on February 13th, 2005 at 12:24 PM.

I loved this poem. It is so powerful. It reminds me of the feeling you
get when you first fall in love with someone. It describes that crazy,
obsessed, knee-knocking, heart racing feeling that you get when you meet
that one true love. It seems so unreal that just like Sylvia says, you
aren't sure if you made it up inside your head. What a wonderful

Tiffany from United States
Comment 11 of 202, added on January 21st, 2005 at 11:24 AM.

It speak out the true feelings of losing my love,that is "I shut my eyes
and all the world drops dead", even after all those years,every time I
remembered those words ,I just am stricken apart .

joe from Taiwan
Comment 10 of 202, added on January 17th, 2005 at 3:24 PM.

This is a great material for a song, maybe some of you will write someday a
music to it? :)

Ania from Poland
Comment 9 of 202, added on November 18th, 2004 at 3:39 AM.

amazing! i don't have a word for this poem, this's a real gold in poem
history. i think all of her poems amazing. we should learn from her life.

kirit patel from United States
Comment 8 of 202, added on November 17th, 2004 at 10:32 PM.

could anybody tell me why this poem is not in Plath's Collected Poems? The
book mostly includes poems written after 1956, but it has a list of all of
the poems written before then in the back. However, I've seen it a million
places online and in the back of my copy of the Bell Jar. Why??

Caitlin from United States
Comment 7 of 202, added on November 14th, 2004 at 10:04 AM.

when i read this poem i realized that she was talking about her first love
and how many girls mistakingly feel when they come across the foolishness
of knowing that the significant other doesn't feel the same way. its always
a good poem to show to the young and unaware of what love can do to you.
its a lot better than the birds and the bees talk. Hee! hee!

patricia from United States
Comment 6 of 202, added on November 7th, 2004 at 6:56 PM.

i love how she puts "I think I made you up inside my head." between
parentheses. as if it is an afterthought. it just fits well, and seems so
appropriate to me.

miriam from Canada
Comment 5 of 202, added on October 26th, 2004 at 11:46 AM.

I came across this poem one day a few weeks ago, now I've got it taped to
my bedroom wall. I absolutely loved it.

Courtney from United States
Comment 4 of 202, added on October 22nd, 2004 at 10:40 PM.

i think i almost cried

heather from United States
Comment 3 of 202, added on October 11th, 2004 at 4:41 AM.


I take it to describe her closing her eyes, and shutting out the world.
When the speaker's eyes are closed, the world around her doesn't exist. It
only exists to her when she opens them again.

On a deeper level, it's a fairly powerful solipsistic statement. The
world's very existence depends on the speaker experiencing it. If the
speaker doesn't see (or experience in some way at least) something, then it
simply doesn't exist. This is furthered by the repitition of "I think I
made you up inside my head." Not only does the speaker have the power to
create people with her imagination, but they are so convincing that she's
not entirely sure whether they're real or imagined (hence the use of the
word "think")

Hope that helps some.


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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Mad Girl's Love Song
Added: Feb 20 2003
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