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Unformatted text preview: Naomi Roznik ENGL 102 Professor Mulligan 4 December 2009 Unit 3 Project Many critics have studied the transition of Sylvia Plath’s poetry throughout her life. There is an agreement about the stages she experienced: her juvenilia, early work, middle or transitional phase, and later poetry. When looking at her poem “Two Sisters of Persephone,” there is little criticism to be found specifically about this poem for several reasons. It is one of her earlier works from the late 1950s when Plath was less developed as a writer and did not have the prowess she demonstrated later, and she was only beginning to developing the many themes that reoccur in her poetry. Therefore, “Two Sisters of Persephone” is not literarily importantsignificant in and of itself within Plath’s body of work, however it is noteworthy because it displays many of the hallmarks of Plath’s earlier work and it is significant relevant when studying Plath’s progression as a writer. Among many critics, Caroline King Barnard Hall, Susan Bassnett, and Elaine Connel agree that “Two Sisters of Persephone” is an excellent example of Plath’s early work and demonstrates its characteristics such as examination of the role of mothers, closely interrelated patterns of rhythm, sound, allusions, and imagery, the societal power of men, nature and the supernatural, and the submission of womenAnd what is your opinion/assertion about the poem? Bring your own position into it more fully and directly. Vague. What do you mean by this? Explain more fully. ? Good. What do you think the absence of this writing-reproduction metaphor indicates? Isn’t it integral to the structure of the poem that literal reproduction is not yet transcendentally linked to the immortality suggested by the written creation of a poem? I think you are suggesting that Plath has not yet developed the vital link between the two processes and the significance of the woman poet, as shown by the limited and frustrating roles of the sisters in this early work. You could allude to this in your introduction as a new insight that you are bringing to the poem. Naomi, this is a solid draft. I am very interested in discussing in our conference how you plan to expand. I would like to see more differentiation throughout between your opinion and the critics’. Asserting your own thoughts as boldly as possible after you survey the critical consensus will make for a stronger draft overall. CM Good. What are the implications of this? . In her book Sylvia Plath, Revised , King Barnard Hall identifies the distinctions of Plath’s early work: “the sense of doom and the fascination with the disintegration and death,” “ambivalence toward sex, wifehood, and motherhood,” and “generally contrived, mannered, and self-conscious” (45). When looking at “Two Sisters of Persephone,” it is immediately apparent the poem possesses many of these characteristics. The poem details the lives and choices of two sisters who, throughout the poem, are stripped of their...
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