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Analysis and comments on A Life by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 13 of 533, added on April 13th, 2009 at 3:58 PM.

Greetings! Nobody wishes to communicate to the bankrupt from Russia? I
because of your crisis remained without work and owe to bank of 15000
dollars. I do not know what to do, how to live further? I in despair...

By the way. I can invite, in the city of St.-Petersburg. At us a beautiful
city. Look as we live. Come...

My e-mail: bolik@narod.ru

Bulat from Russia
Comment 12 of 533, added on June 15th, 2007 at 5:08 PM.

She sounds so empty and powerless, wouldnt anyone being locked in a
hospital. She can realy draw you in and make you think for a moment how she
may have felt.

safire from United States
Comment 11 of 533, added on April 19th, 2007 at 12:15 AM.

i too had trouble understanding what Silvia Plath was trying to say but
then figured out it was far from not expirencing life as the title

Vanessa from United States
Comment 10 of 533, added on February 28th, 2006 at 10:25 PM.

This poem is about death, and not life, as the title tells us. The person
is a disoriented person trying to make a kind of sense out of her
situation, in a hospital, as is suggested.

Larry Syldan from United States
Comment 9 of 533, added on December 11th, 2005 at 2:18 PM.

i thought it was about a snow globe.

Jason from United States
Comment 8 of 533, added on December 8th, 2005 at 11:23 AM.

"A life" References Plath's stay in a hosiptal after attempting suicide.
Within her hosiptal room she is cut off from life living "with no
attachments like a foetus is bottle." "The obsolete house and the sea
flattened to a picture she has one too many dimensions to enter" -I'm
guessing- refers to landscape pictures hanging on the walls- these glass
framed prints serve as the only portholes to the outside world. I'm still
not sure if the last stanza refers to another painting on the wall-possibly
a maritime scene- or if it is some sort of secret personal reference.

Jennifer from United States
Comment 7 of 533, added on September 25th, 2005 at 10:48 AM.

the sole reason for me why God exist and this world is beautiful and why
this life is liveable and endearing is the smile of your eyes!

omid from Iran
Comment 6 of 533, added on August 15th, 2005 at 2:04 AM.

This is such a beautiful poem and shows great amount of opinion!!! Congrats
to Sylvia Plath!!!

Katherine from Australia
Comment 5 of 533, added on June 9th, 2005 at 1:25 PM.

the metaphor about dimensions...
masterful, though brief.

i'm not sure i caught the last bit, though.

lucedes from United States
Comment 4 of 533, added on April 1st, 2005 at 12:12 PM.

I read this poem once outloud, to myself, and then again silently and with
more concentration. The first time I read it I really thought she was
explaining her views on "life". But the second time I read it, I figured
she was talking about life in a hospital. Seeing as how she WAS
hospitalized after attempting suicide, I think she wrote this metaphorical
poem about her stay in the obselete house. I like this poem, but not as
much as her poems about death.

Christine from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: A Life
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 20 2004

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