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Unformatted text preview: is unsure if she actually knows this man or is simply dreaming of him. At the point that the narrator is at the conclusion of the poem, the man may as well just be a fantasy. It was more of an idealism than reality. The final stanza concludes that there is no sign of his return and no cycle of events that she has to rely on, like a thunderbird. Plath is known to have entered herself in a mental institution during her college years, which explains the use of the line I think I made you up inside my head. Her reference to the world disappearing in the first line is quite possibly connected to her suicide attempts. Plath wishes that she could get over the pain of him leaving and not returning. This villanelle brings out strong feelings of depression and the power of time over the human mind. It is sad that her once love is now merely a fantasy....
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