AP English \"Mad Girl's Love Song\" Analysis - Catherine Bradshaw Mr Fidemi AP English 26 November 2012 Mad Girls Love Song by Sylvia Plath

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Catherine BradshawMr. FidemiAP English26 November 2012“Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia PlathSylvia Plath’s poem, “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” relates the disappointments of life and the solution, suicide. Plath herself is the speaker of the poem, and constantly questions whether her love was real or imagined. She has been hurt and broken by her lover, but takes refuge in the factthat she has control over her own life and death. The poem has a somber tone, but at the same time is rhythmical and dreamy. Furthermore, it shows that the power of obsession and love can ultimately lead to madness. Through Plath’s eyes, the reader sees how alienation, a lack of confidence, and frustration lead to a deep depression. The poem gives a mad person’s view of her relationship with both her lover and the world.The first stanza exhibits the power a solitary existence gave Plath. Alone, she was able to control the world because existence and life take place in the mind. She can close her eyes at anytime, and when she does, the world and all its troubles disappear. “I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead” (line 1) and “(I think I made you up inside my head)” (3) are repeated throughout the poem to haunt the reader in the same way they haunted Plath. Additionally, the repetition strengthens her emotions of desperation and sadness. The parentheses in line two represent the barrier between the real world and her imaginary one. She lived in two completely

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