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Comment 12 of 28, added on November 7th, 2013 at 10:08 AM.

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Comment 11 of 28, added on October 24th, 2013 at 10:24 AM.
The Rival

This poem really triggered emotions ive never felt before. I cried for 10
minutes after reading this piece of literary brilliance, I agree with Ajay,
this poem completes my life. Sylvia

Ahmad from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 28, added on October 24th, 2013 at 10:20 AM.

I agree with Ajay, i cried too

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Comment 9 of 28, added on November 7th, 2011 at 6:31 PM.

I understand the different perspectives of it being based on Aurelia and
Ted Hughes but I keep getting drawn to the different references.

"Making stone out of everything" alludes to Medusa yet "Spiteful as a
woman" confuses that idea and "through the mailslot with loving regularly"
links back to Aurelia.

Is that her mother is not human enough to be referred to as female or is
Plath addressing both individuals here?

George from Australia

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Information about The Rival

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Rival
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 1350 times
Poem of the Day: Jan 13 2005

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