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Unformatted text preview: Peterson 1 Sam Peterson ENG 102 Mulligan November 29, 2010 Sylvia Plaths poems are both inspirited and corseted by the iron lung of power exchange. YES. Nice. Good. Comment on tactility and circular blindnessreinstate your line about the uterine Motel 6? Comment on the mirrors and the fractured, self-obsessed redoubling images of oneself. Nice. Nailing it. YES. This is really stellar, but you lose steam at the end, no? Maybe come back to the poem and close read its end for a little more impact? T.S. Eliot insisted, End with a bang and not a whimper! It needs more of a concluding feel. Push a little further. CM That her poetry in general has been dissected and repeatedly subjected to the technologies of Fascism, Patriarchy, Feminism, and even ecology, speaks to binaried forces of inequitable power trades, often and even unconsciously described by a battle between mind and body in her work. Gigolo is no exception a close read using any of these tools will be adequate but to pry the itsGigolos sociopathic heart free from its chitin husk means allowing oneself to be swept to and fro in Plathian wave of contrasting imagery, imagery calculated to describe the pain of entrapment within the shifting sands of power power its author seems to have found both compelling and repulsive. Gigolo describes these pendulum events of desire and disgust with the purely Plathian arc between the neurotic and the erotic, life and death, generation and degenerationYES. Nice. Good. Comment on tactility and circular blindnessreinstate your line about the uterine Motel 6? Comment on the mirrors and the fractured, self-obsessed redoubling images of oneself. Nice. Nailing it. YES. This is really stellar, but you lose steam at the end, no? Maybe come back to the poem and close read its end for a little more impact? T.S. Eliot insisted, End with a bang and not a whimper! It needs more of a concluding feel. Push a little further. CM . The Gigolo is explicated with the most fundamental of power dynamics: male versus female. Sylvia Plathwanted authority, writes Jacqueline Shea Murphy in her own deconstruction of Plathian power exchange, using the Holocaust as her power- over template (Holocaust 107). Plath wanted to be an influential, respected, famous, successful, artist; she wanted the power wielded by successful artists, even while she recognized the violence that having power can entail (Murphy 107)., While I intend to avoid an entirely personal reading of Gigolo, that is, one that is observed against her real experiences, it is worth noting what Murphy describes as Plaths attempts to grapple with the doubleness of her desire (107). Gigolo faithfully, graphically charts this doubleness this place of the vilest desire, where, one imagines, orgasm is not achieved through pleasuring the organism, but by stroking ones sense of power over another. Shira Wolosky, in her Foucauldian interpretation of Plaths poem Face Lift,...
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This note was uploaded on 05/09/2011 for the course ENGL 102 taught by Professor Christinmulligan during the Spring '11 term at University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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