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English 104A Close Reading

English 104A Close Reading - The view of the author being...

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1 November 19, 2007 English 104A TA: Meyerowitz Close Reading: Lady Lazarus The poem, “Lady Lazarus: by Sylvia Plath is a somewhat depressing poem dealing with suicide and self hatred. The poem uses various devices, which all help and reinforce the topic of the poem. The first device that enhances the poem is diction. The poem contains certain words that are descriptive and use vast imagery such as the words, “Nazi lampshade,” “paperweight,” and “flesh.” All of these words are not usually seen in poems and create images instantaneously in the mind that cause the reader to react immediately. The next device used in the poem is word order. The use of words in a particular order helps it to give a certain meaning. For example, “soon, soon the flesh, the grave cave ate will be.” The meaning of these in an alternative order would give the poem an entirely different meaning in an entirely inversed context. The point of view the poem offers is the author using a first person narrative.
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Unformatted text preview: The view of the author being the one who may be on their way to commit suicide gives the poem a more realistic feel as compared to a viewpoint taken in the third person form. The figurative language presented in the poem itself is also meaningful with the use of multiple metaphors such as “my skin, Bright as a Nazi lampshade, my right foot, a paperweight.” The use of metaphors gives the poem meaning as to how the author is feeling at that very moment. The structure of the poem itself is also in a simplistic format with only a few simple words on each line. The absence of line variation also gives the poem a straightforward meaning that allows for pauses at the end of each line to let the previous line sink into the 2 readers mind. The poem has the vast meaning of a person set deeply in depression and contemplating life itself. The poem is vastly enriched in various meanings....
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