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Unformatted text preview: 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 depicted as thorns....
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08