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Dead?
Not so my friend,
not so at all.
If like a cat,
with its nine lives,
its stalking,
piercing stare.
If like a cat,
then you would never,
truly, be dead.
But if not death,
then what?
What with the color of your eyes,
the roots of golden blonde,
deep within your scalp,
what with the vanishing,
of the purely physical,
what then,
could you be?
Yes, you succeeded on the third try,
so I can assume you lied,
although bravely hazardous,
in Lady Lazarus,
you've proven yourself
short,
seven lives.


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The following comments are for "To Sylvia Plath"
by Essence

To Sylvia Path
I truely like like this and thank you for sharing.

( Posted by: wanda [Member] On: March 19, 2007 )

To Sylvia Plath
love the bitter-sweet wit of this, and the cadence and implications of the phrase "bravely hazardous"... there is affection here, for Plath and her work, though there's a also a sense of let-down and reproach, summed up, I think best in "you've proven yourself/ short"... actually, to me that seems a pretty accurate description of all suicides...

to go off at a complete tangent: I like Sylvia Plath, but I never did understand why she was held up as the yardstick for all contemporary female poets... I prefer Dorothy Parker. Have you read any of hers?... 'Kay so, tangent over...

loved this. thank you for it.

Shannon

( Posted by: AuldMiseryGuts [Member] On: March 20, 2007 )

Essence
I liked this too, and Shannon already said the best things about this poem. I liked the question: if not death, then what? These are indeed words said to Sylvia Plath, its intensity would have surely summoned the ghost of the poor lady.

( Posted by: peterpaulino [Member] On: March 20, 2007 )

Thank you
I appreciate everybodys input immensely and I will surely return the favor.

Not surprisingly, your analysis was definitely accurate shannon. I was in bed reading Ariel when my envy for her tumultuous talents, and also my curosity of her personality, started to write itself on the paper. Oh, and if you have ever been to youtube.com and heard she herself read lady lazarus, or even daddy, its def. a inspiration to write upon. I do believe she was def. held up as the yard stick also, but I cant say her poems dont give me chills, but ill be sure to read up on dorothy parker.

( Posted by: Essence [Member] On: March 20, 2007 )

sylvia plath's poetry
is a mystery to me...but i love your poem about her. as a matter of fact, i've written a poem about sylvia plath myself (it's posted on lit.org). try as i might, i haven't been able to breakthrough mystic.

j.jd.

( Posted by: johnjohndoe [Member] On: March 20, 2007 )

Cat-like elegance
... in the poem, that is. The musing conversational tone, which is nevertheless insightful, succinct and not just trivial.

The cat comparison interests me. In some ways it is apt, yet in others... a cat has nine lives because of its single-minded, selfish instinct for self perservation; a failed suicide, only because of an insufficient commitment to self destruction?

Oh, and beside the point as it is, I'm rather with AMG in my judgement of Plath... many moments of brilliance rather distressingly clouded by a too much hysterics (I wonder if this would bother me so much if she was a man? I fear not. Perhaps it's Plath's position as the flag-bearer for the not-so-crowded female poetic cannon... what about Louise MacNeice, what about Carol Ann Duffy? Or even Dorothy Parker - though I have her down for enviable sarcasm more than for soul-searching.) What do other female writers out there think?

( Posted by: MobiusSoul [Member] On: March 20, 2007 )

yes
I def. feel she may have been clouded in hysterics, as far as her personality is concerned. But her poetry, to me atleast, seems very far from any hysterics. Daddy, Lady Lazarus, Elm...all of those poems depict a highly emotional subject, but are written in such a calm, cool, and collective manner. They are unsympathetic, unsentimental, and also cold as all hell.

Poets such as Linda McCarriston, Jane Kenyon, even the writing of Carson Mcullers, is def. less dramatic and undoubtedly great, but it simply doesnt capture me the way SP does. Perhaps that is because I feel I can learn more about SP from her journals and other various forms of her work, since theres more hype there is obviously more information.

Thank you for your comment, quite thought provoking and highly appreciated.

( Posted by: essence [Member] On: March 21, 2007 )





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