Sylvia Plath Essay Topics

Playdough, Paperweight, Snowball: An Analysis of the Bell Jar

“I saw the years of my life spaced along a road in the form of telephone poles, threaded together by wires. I counted one, two, three … nineteen poles, and then the wires dangled into space, and try as I would, I couldn’t see a single pole beyond the nineteenth.”(Plath 123) This quote fully embodies… View Article

Trophies Ted Hughes Birthday letters

* Trophies was a response to Sylvia Plath’s own poem “pursuit”, Hughes used Trophies as a response to the poem. * Hughes starts of the poem with “The panther?” which gives the readers an idea of what the poem will be based on we mentally create an image of a panther in our minds. It… View Article

Isolation and Alienation in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar

In Sylvia Plath’s modern novel, The Bell Jar, the main character Esther isolates and alienates herself throughout the book because she mentally ill. Because her descent into a deep depression is slow and she leads a productive life when the reader first meets her, this descent seems rational to the reader in the beginning. Esther… View Article

Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath? Have you heard of her? Well, Sylvia Plath is a well-known poet, novelist and author. Plath was born during the great depression influencing her writing style. At a very young age she lost her father and since then she began lose faith. She also became ambivalent about religion all throughout her life. Plath… View Article

Telling the Truth – Atonement + Poems

The concept of telling the truth is a complex idea. The truth can vary based on an individual’s perspective and may be distorted by experience and misunderstanding. It is a creeping assumption of the modern world that there are things more important that the truth. The truth may also be covered up because it is… View Article

Blind Man Under The Fig Tree

The future is extremely ambiguous, and is one of the many wonders that people cannot figure out. Even if people try to plan out the future do not know what the future will hold. In Sylvia Plath’s novel The Bell Jar and Bill Cattey’s poem What Is Happening To Me both share the idea that… View Article

The Pros And Cons Of Fitting In

In the real world today, people from every background have faced the reality of social life and where they believe they would thrive the most. Although we think we are always right in any given situation, it never really turns out that way and encounters with fitting in and the decisions made to be included… View Article

Sylvia Plath’s Psychic Landscapes

In the following essay, I will examine the development of Plath’s poetry through analysis of major themes and imagery found in her description of landscapes, seascapes, and the natural world. Following the lead of Ted Hughes, critics today tend to read Sylvia Plath’s poetry as a unity. Individual poems are best read in the context… View Article

“Point Shirley” by Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath is an American writer whose well-known poems are carefully written pieces distinguished for their personal imagery and intense dialogue. Written in 1960, “Point Shirley” is a poem in which the details are more important than the actual time and place that the events occurred. Sylvia Plath is an American writer whose best-known poems… View Article

Ted Hughes conflicting perspectives

Composers deliberately manipulate conflicting perspectives in order to achieve their purpose. This may be a unanimous truth amongst composers whether it is to attract sympathy, inform the responder, or to make a comment on the functioning and morality of society. In order to achieve their purpose, composers deliberately manipulate responder’s conflicting perspectives so that they… View Article

Conflicting Perspectives: Ted Hughes’ Anthology of Birthday Letters

CONFLICTING PERSPECTIVES Conflicting perspectives arise due to subjective human experiences, resulting in alternative perceptions of situations, events and personalities. In Ted Hughes’ anthology of “Birthday Letters”, poetry is utilised as an emotive medium to express the ephemeral nature of perspectives by reflecting on his turbulent relationship with Sylvia Plath concurrently Comment [MM1]: ? Are you… View Article