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Paralytic Analysis

Author: Poetry of Sylvia Plath Type: Poetry Views: 621

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The Collected Poems1963It happens. Will it go on? ----

My mind a rock,

No fingers to grip, no tongue,

My god the iron lungThat loves me, pumps

My two

Dust bags in and out,

Will notLet me relapse

While the day outside glides by like ticker tape.

The night brings violets,

Tapestries of eyes,Lights,

The soft anonymous

Talkers: 'You all right?'

The starched, inaccessible breast.Dead egg, I lie


On a whole world I cannot touch,

At the white, tightDrum of my sleeping couch

Photographs visit me-

My wife, dead and flat, in 1920 furs,

Mouth full of pearls,Two girls

As flat as she, who whisper 'We're your daughters.'

The still waters

Wrap my lips,Eyes, nose and ears,

A clear

Cellophane I cannot crack.

On my bare backI smile, a buddha, all

Wants, desire

Falling from me like rings

Hugging their lights.The claw

Of the magnolia,

Drunk on its own scents,

Asks nothing of life.


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This poem is about the suicidal Sylvia Plath, as she talks about how she will soon be lost of her physical body, 'No fingers to grip, no tongue', and when she describes the woman 'My wife, dead and flat, in 1920 furs', she is talking about herself and the 'Mouth full of pearls' represents the tablets which she would overdose on. This shows that she sees death in a positive light, as something precious and not to be distraught about.
Her reference to the buddha further shows her view of death as something enlightening and her 'wants, desires' being like 'rings' falling from her signifies her releasing of such stress as marriage and children. She uses the symbol of the 'magnolia' to describe herself, but the incongruent term 'claw' she uses to describe a tree which blossoms flowers in spring suggests her lost of humanity and not wanting to conform, just wanting her own way.

| Posted on 2005-03-27 | by Approved Guest

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