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Analysis and comments on Face Lift by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 8 of 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, added on May 17th, 2005 at 4:53 PM.


kaitlyn from United States
Comment 3 of 28, 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
Comment 2 of 28, added on May 17th, 2005 at 10:15 AM.

This lady is absolutely wack. I dont understand her poem what so ever..but
im sure it has a good meaning..

Margaret from United States
Comment 1 of 28, added on January 26th, 2005 at 4:24 PM.

This poem is absolutely wonderful. Like most of her poetry, despite the
subject matter, is chilling to the bone. And this poem is no exception. I
don't really totally understand whether this poem is a metaphor or speaking
literally about a facelift, but regardless, it's wonderful.

Wallace from United States

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Information about Face Lift

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Face Lift
Volume: Crossing the Water
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 21 2003
Viewed: 20785 times
Poem of the Day: Jul 16 2006

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