The Poetry Of Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes

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Panashe Gumbo2014-11-05IB English IIMr A. PavEssay Test: The Poetry of Sylvia Plath & Ted HughesTed Hughes and Sylvia Plath were a couple that largely influenced the literary world through the way they conveyed their poetry to various readers. Not only bound by marriage but also by their similar love of writing, they would go on to create a dimension of poetry that would shake the normal comprehension to what a poem was comprised of in the eyes of their critics. Their employment of various themes such as nature, darkness and violence as well as use of literary techniques that helped emphasize the meaning to the syntax expressed on paper like enjambment, use of metaphors, personification and similes, greatly enhanced the message of the poems they composed even though in some instances, a reverence of darkness and sadistic imagery played intrinsic roles in how twisted their poetry could become.Sylvia Plath was categorized as a confessional poet. One who focuses on extreme moments of individual experience often including previously taboo material such as mental illness, sexuality and suicide often set in relation to broader social themes. Her themes of darkness, violence and vivid imagery accompanied by personal reference can be seen within the poem "Cut". The opening stanza commences with the phrases, "what a thrill --- my thumb instead of an onion. The top quite gone except for a sort of hinge". She commences the poem by not announcing that she has suffered an injury, but instead sees it as a thrilling experience. She has now established what has been cut and offers a detached statement of sorts, a mere observation of, "oh, my thumb is cut". From this we can gather that the speaker of the poem may be an indulgent of self-harming activity. That is to suggest that it is a great way to escape the dysfunction that may be occurring in her life at this moment in time. Furthermore the phrases from the second stanza, "a flap like a hat, dead white. Then that red plush." This section of the poem recognizes the use of a simile with the phrase, "flap like a hat". This enhances the imagery of what the cut can be imagined as. A hat that may come on and off from the head it is being worn on. In addition, the phrase "then that red plush" is used as imagery that represents strong appearance of blood. Use of the word plush can be interpreted as a desirable luxury, which can be connected back to the idea that the speaker enjoys taking part in self-inflicted pain. The use of this word also creates an onomatopoeic effect to the stanza and enhances the sadistic nature of the poem itself.In comparison to Sylvia's thematic style in the poem "Cut", Ted Hughes also employs the usage of darkness, violence and vivid imagery in his poetic work. This can be seen in the poem entitled "Lovesong". "Her laughs were an assassin's attempts his looks were bullets daggers of revenge". The use of these descriptive phrases lean...

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