In this criticism of Plath

In this criticism of Plath - In this criticism of Plath's...

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Unformatted text preview: In this criticism of Plath's ethics, we might note Joyce Carol Oates' "The Art of Suicide." Oates talks of "the suicide who is transfixed by metaphor," an idea that certainly applies to Plath, who often seemed to get her poetic visions and insights mixed up with her real-life problems. Was part of Plath's problem her sense of how good a poet she could be? Seemingly, she had little humility; she thought that she should not be bound, like other human beings, to cleaning up baby puke. But did she become so lost in her stream-of-consciousness poetic state that she was not able to come back to reality in order to deal with the mundane? Indeed, the mystic state of creativity is a realm where one is, in some ways, disoriented, like the absent-minded professor, but still, at the same time, one's creativity is clear and focused. It was this non-creative world that Plath could not deal with, especially creativity is clear and focused....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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