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Face Lift Analysis

Author: Poetry of Sylvia Plath Type: Poetry Views: 1057

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Crossing the Water1961You bring me good news from the clinic,

Whipping off your silk scarf, exhibiting the tight white

Mummy-cloths, smiling: I'm all right.

When I was nine, a lime-green anesthetist

Fed me banana-gas through a frog mask.The nauseous vault

Boomed with bad dreams and the Jovian voices of surgeons.

Then mother swam up, holding a tin basin.

O I was sick.They've changed all that.Traveling

Nude as Cleopatra in my well-boiled hospital shift,

Fizzy with sedatives and unusually humorous,

I roll to an anteroom where a kind man

Fists my fingers for me.He makes me feel something precious

Is leaking from the finger-vents.At the count of two,

Darkness wipes me out like chalk on a blackboard. . .

I don't know a thing.For five days I lie in secret,

Tapped like a cask, the years draining into my pillow.

Even my best friend thinks I'm in the country.

Skin doesn't have roots, it peels away easy as paper.

When I grin, the stitches tauten.I grow backward.I'm twenty,

Broody and in long skirts on my first husband's sofa, my fingers

Buried in the lambswool of the dead poodle;

I hadn't a cat yet.Now she's done for, the dewlapped lady

I watched settle, line by line, in my mirror-

Old sock-face, sagged on a darning egg.

They've trapped her in some laboratory jar.

Let her die there, or wither incessantly for the next fifty years,

Nodding and rocking and fingering her thin hair.

Mother to myself, I wake swaddled in gauze,

Pink and smooth as a baby.


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i think that this poem first refurs to her friend coming back from having a face lif maybe. then i believe that she is looking back on her time when she committed sucide. if you look it talks about her taking sedatives and such. Also i find that this is backed up from when she says she was there for 5 day, the amount of time she was lying in the hole in the wall. i also think that it is backed up by the fatc that it seems as though her finds her.
think about it.

| Posted on 2008-09-26 | by a guest

.: meanings and symbolism RV :.

This transcription is bad, because Sylvias meaning is also in where her spaces lie. But it has the meaning of sexual repression I find. She obviously wants the innocence of her youth (a virgin) back. As opposed to the expierienced lady, that in her time, was frowned upon. But the unglamouresness of this surgery implies why a face lift is not the answer. Symbolisms of vaults, tin basins and vents are the repressions that society placed on her. I thought this was a wonderful poem that can be related to todays society more then ever.
You can interpret every line in this poem differently but i found this was the general meaning. Someone should definiately re-write this so the original spaces are there. It opens up an entirely different meaning. RV

| Posted on 2005-02-24 | by Approved Guest

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