Anne Sexton And Sylvia Plath: Minds Of Distortion And Darkness

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Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were both great minds, creative individuals, and some of the greatest poetic individuals of the twentieth century. Though Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath were great poets, they were also obsessed with death, darkness, and plagued with manic depression. They yearned for death, and both were able to achieve their life goal of dying. They're poetry is a direct result of their morbid minds and the strange obsessions they shared during they're several years of friendship.Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton did not pull their style, creativity and ideas out of nowhere. Both Sexton and Plath suffered troubled childhoods, Plath's father died when she was only eight, creating a life long resentment, and Sexton's father was abusive and alcoholic. There are only one or two flaws to this "reason" if you will for why Sexton and Plath used such strange and dark ideas in their poetry. Sylvia Plath's father died when she was eight, she resented him and felt that he had betrayed her by leaving her on this earth without a father figure. Plath searched for relief from this and wanted to make her father into a person that she would have a reason to resent and dislike. For Plath this was a Nazi. Plath has many uses of nazi allusions of the holocaust, explaining the evil of Nazi's, and uses them to describe her father. In "Lady Lazarus" Plath makes a reference to a "Nazi lampshade". This reference means that the Nazi's made lampshades from the skin of dead Jew's. Throughout many of these poems, if one knows about the "method to her madness" they would now that she is creating parallels between how horrible someone like her father was, to how horrible and Nazi was.This same aspect is also seen in "Daddy". Along with these analogies she also pulls in many aspects of her strange obsession with the Holocaust. Plath names many different Nazi death camps, as well as use of other strange German words in reference to her father and her doctor. What I find to be a little odd is why Anne Sexton uses so many Nazi Allusions in her poetry. There is no obvious or somewhat secluded reason for why she used them in so much of her poetry. Anne Sexton wrote a poem entirely about Nazi's and the evil of people in the world, in the poem "After Auschwitz". From the conclusion I have drawn is that Anne Sexton shared the same strange obsession, and Plath may have instilled this idea on her, due to the fact that they were drawn together by death. Anne Sexton also uses this in two other poems "Daddy Warbucks" and "Godfather Death".Another strange finding that I have taken notice to, are the style and ways that Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton committed suicide. Though they both killed themselves in entirely different ways, they were both alike in the sense that they wanted to die like Jews in the Holocaust. This takes their obsession to a whole other level. Plath as you may know gassed herself out in her kitchen by creating her own gas chamber, similar to the style that many Jews...

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