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Analysis and comments on Face Lift by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 12 of 22, added on December 8th, 2006 at 11:13 AM.

I love this poem. The facelift symbolizes getting rid of her past, and
starting over. A facelift makes everything new again. In addition, in the
poem, i believe that she was talking to her old self, the one with all the
bad memories and the flashback. This poem is great.

Aldrich from United States
Comment 11 of 22, added on April 27th, 2006 at 2:34 PM.

Many of the comments here are philistine and ignorant, one downright mean.
Two people know something. The peom? dislocation of identity due to mental
illness and ECT, dislocation in time to a childhood operation, the
anethesia before ECT, the aftermath, age twenty, aging into a labratory jar
and then to babyhood, conveyed in surreal imagery and factual imformation.
Most likely taken from notes of the actual experience: it makes sense.
Good comment Carolyn.

Byron from United States
Comment 10 of 22, added on April 6th, 2006 at 5:59 PM.

Hey, umm melody calling a woman who killed herself a depressed loser, shows
an absolute disregard for the dead and an utter epitome of ignorance on
your part.

carolyn from Canada
Comment 9 of 22, added on February 5th, 2006 at 1:58 PM.

She obviously doesn't like the idea of plastic surgery. See how she makes
the character so deluded and sad. She wants us not to want to be like this
woman. I mean she thinks she can start her life over again!

Wierdo from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 22, added on January 9th, 2006 at 11:13 PM.

According to biographers, Plath admitted the poem was about her friend Dido
Merwin's plastic surgery. Yet, I think Plath moves beyond the literal
description to create a metaphor for everyone's desire to renew the self in
mind or in body. For more information on Plath and the citation on Dido
Merwin, see Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life, by Linda Wagner-Martin.

Marie from United States
Comment 7 of 22, added on October 20th, 2005 at 5:16 AM.

I thought the poem was wonderful. Perhaps facelift was refering to the way
she was left after her electroshock therapy. A way to make her happy, in
clinical terms. The doctors poking away at her like some specimen. I
abosolutely love Sylvia Plath.

Carissa from United States
Comment 6 of 22, added on October 10th, 2005 at 5:38 PM.

this is a weird poem. i don't understand a single one of them. sylvia plath
is a depressed loser who can't seem to write so everyone can understand
her. AND she needs a facelift. so i'm guessing it isn't literal.

melody from United States
Comment 5 of 22, added on September 22nd, 2005 at 5:24 PM.

Its not about a face lift! she attempted suicide and is in a mental
institute...read the bell jar...

Bridget from United States
Comment 4 of 22, added on May 17th, 2005 at 4:53 PM.

THIS IS THE MOST WEIRD POME I HAVE EVER HEARD I CAN KINDA SEE THE MEANING
BUT NOT REALLY WELL I MIGHT FIND THE MEANING SOON BUT I HIGHLY DOUBT IT

kaitlyn from United States
Comment 3 of 22, added on May 17th, 2005 at 12:42 PM.

i love this woman. i completely agree with wallace...it is unclear what she
is specifically addressing, or whether she is literally talking about a
facelift. note to margaret...try to look a bit deeper into some of her
poems. things arent always as they first appear.

coolnerd from Ireland

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Face Lift
Volume: Crossing the Water
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 21 2003
Viewed: 19586 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 16 2006


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