{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

In chronological order

In chronological order -...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
In chronological order, the poet-speaker recalls the first suicide attempt, then the second, when she  "rocked shut / As a seashell." With a neurotic joy in the art of suicide, she claims, "I do it  exceptionally well," an artful statement made by Sylvia-the-poet about Sylvia-the-madwoman. Still  angry at viewers, she insists on charging them for "eyeing of my scars," "the hearing of my heart." As  though chanting to terrify tormentors, she intones through repetition, implied rhyme, and paired  rhymes a surreal return to the victims of Nazi persecution. To both God and Satan, she warns that  her rejuvenation is lethal to men. A posthumous work, "Blackberrying" (1965), retreats from anguish to a pastoral setting, where the  speaker gathers and eats ripe berries, a controlling metaphor for art poised atop constraints,  depicted as thorns. Pitting sweet-juiced spheres against the price for gathering, the speaker 
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Fall '08
  • staff
  • World War II., housewife image links, extinguished candle flame., hallucinatory imagery returns, macabre Japanese lantern, artful statement

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern