The poem, “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, highlights Sylvia Plath’s struggle with depression and her mental illness. As a form of expression, Sylvia Plath wrote “Mad Girl’s Love Song” in 1953, her last years of her life. Six years into Plath’s marriage with English poet, Ted Hughes, depression started to kick off in her life. Hughes began seeing other women and not responding to Plath as her husband. According to the Poetry Foundation, “She let her writing express elemental forces and primeval fears”. Plath’s poetry slowly became more violent and intense. Many people like to blame Hughes for her mental illness. In 1953 Plath decided to end her life by using her gas oven.
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Plath also uses personification in this stanza by saying that the blackness is galloping when everybody knows that blackness cannot really gallop. The personification Plath used helps the reader see a visual of the poem.
The third stanza begins with “I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed ”, giving the reader clues that the girl loves this boy and she wishes they could have their Disney fairy tale ending together (Plath line 7). The girl is still hoping the boy will come back one day, but her love story is nothing like she dreamed it would be. The poem gives the reader more details about this girl when Plath wrote, “Exit seraphim and Satan’s men” (Plath line 11). The reader can assume that the girl might have slept with the guy before marriage which could be against her beliefs and religion. This line might refer to the girl’s fear of going to hell instead of going to heaven.
In the fifth and sixth stanza the girl in the poem is finally realizing that her love story is never going to be as she wished it would be. In the last stanza Plath narrates:
“I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up...