I have no wit, I have no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numbed too much for hopes or fears;
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
A lift mine eyes, but dimmed with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is like the falling leaf;
O Jesus, quicken me.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Sylvia Plath's poem A Better Resurrection

11 Comments

  1. Kay says:

    First of all, if CHILDREN such as yourself take the time to COMMENT negatively on an established poet, then you should take the time to use your WORDS instead of NUMBERS and acronyms to express your opinion. Because you believe that poetry is a waste of time, you obviously have not been educated. And as an uneducated little brat, you do not have the standing to join a discussion of this nature.

  2. Naomi says:

    This poem was written by Christina Rossetti in 1862 and it is about how she longs to leave her present life and obtain an eternal union ship with Jesus in an attempt to have a more purposeful life. Please amend your mistakes.

  3. Emile Moelich says:

    Sylvia Plath once wrote:
    “Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence…”

  4. Jack says:

    I had to choose a Sylvia Plath poem to analyse and I chose this one because I could easily understand it. It is clear that she is not happy and wants her life shortened.

  5. Warrick says:

    A reader from the U.K has already noted that this poem is by Christina Rossetti, not Sylvia Plath. In fact, this is the first stanza of Rossetti’s three-stanza poem. The fact that another author’s work is ascribed to Plath makes me suspect of other poems in your site.
    You should have removed Rossetti’s poem from this site when you first became aware of your mistake! May I also add that this poem, as you present it, is not exactly as written by Rossetti.

  6. Hannah says:

    This poem is so cool because it talks about how she is weak but looks to jesus to help her.

  7. Carissa says:

    This isn’t Sylvia’s work. I was quite taken aback when I read it because it’s not her style at all. I had to check the facts, and sure enough, it isn’t hers. I do like it though. Sylvia doesn’t usually rhyme like that, and she’s a little more into imagery expressing her despair rather than being so forthcoming about it. Well, she is, but not in this direct manner.

  8. Paige says:

    This poem was written by Christina Rossetti – not Sylvia Plath

  9. hayley! says:

    I also think that this poem foreshadows Plath’s death, as the line “Jesus, quicken me” implies to me that she wants the Lord to hurry along her death, that she has no will to survive anymore. I see a sign of desperation in Plath’s narrative voice.

  10. zefani says:

    the 1st 3 lines are really dead on

  11. tina says:

    In this poem I, as the reader feel that Plath foreshadows her suicide. Some lines of her work reveal that she just wants her life to end.

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