Poems to Celmina - Lady Elizabeth Boyle Tufton, Countess of Thanet.
Dickinson’s biographer and editor Thomas Johnson has said that she often felt herself possessed by a demonic force, particularly in the years 1861 and 1862 when she was writing at the height of her drive. There are many poems besides “He put the Belt around my Life” which could be read as poems of possession by the daemon—poems which can also be, and have been, read, as poems of possession by the deity, or by a human lover. I suggest that a woman’s poetry about her relationship to her daemon—her own active, creative power—has in patriarchal culture used the language of heterosexual love or patriarchal theology. Ted Hughes tells us that
Herewe find Katherine inveighing against the married state.
The last part of this poem changes the meaning of everything else in the previous lines. This poem is about the aging process and more specifically, the woman coming to the realization that, one day, she will die. Another interesting point to make about this poem is the aversion from the mirror to the lake. It is important to note the fact that Sylvia tried to drown herself. With that in mind, the water and the mirror have similarities (most notably the ability to reflect); but the lake can be skewed (i.e. ripples in the water).
It is true that more recent critics, including her most recent biographer, have gradually begun to approach the poet in terms of her greatness rather than her littleness, the decisiveness of her choices instead of the surface oddities of her life or the romantic critics of her legend. But unfortunately anthologists continue to plagiarize other anthologies, to reprint her in edited, even bowdlerized versions; the popular image of her and her work lags behind the changing consciousness of scholars and specialists. There still does not exist a selection from her poems which depicts her in her fullest range. Dickinson’s greatness cannot be measured in terms of twenty-five or fifty or even 500 “perfect” lyrics, it has to be seen as the accumulation it is. Poets, even, are not always acquainted with the full dimension of her work, or the sense one gets, reading in the one-volume complete edition (let alone the three-volume variorum edition) of a mind engaged in a lifetime’s musing on essential problems of language, identity, separation, relationship, the integrity of the self; a mind capable of describing psychological states more accurately than any poet except Shakespeare. I have been surprised at how narrowly her work, still, is known by women who are writing poetry, how much her legend has gotten in the way of her being re-possessed, as a source and a foremother.
Defining Marriage - The purpose of this essay is to analyze ..
The definition for same sex marriage it is stated as ‘a relationship like that of a traditional marriage’ what already implies that is wasn’t ‘normal’ before and the traditional marriage is an example to follow.
Essay -- Never, ever get married during an Ohio State …
is the first poem I have read from Sylvia Plath. I like the line dicussing the way the mirror is,"..not cruel. I am truthful-.." We always views our selves truthfully in the morror and face the outside world in nothing but lies. This poem shows how we, ourselves, can be our own best friend. We can cry and face our most darkest fears by ourself. I really like the way she touches apon the idea of how easily we can be fooled to think the "real" world is so much better. The darkness of the poem is what really got me. The line "I am important to her." is very touching. I like how just a simple object can mean a great deal to any person. Not for its materialistic side but its value. The mirror sounds as if it has a job to be there for her, never letting her down with lies.
that the only married state I ..
This is a poem of the great year 1862, the year in which she first sent a few poems to Thomas Higginson for criticism. Whether it antedates or postdates that occasion is unimportant; it is a poem of knowing one’s measure, regardless of the judgments of others.
Essay: Never get married during an Ohio State game
presents a corpus-wide reading of Shakespearesworks, tracing the theme of knowledge, love, and physical vision through both the playsand the poetry. It furthermore pursues this theme through the whole of Western culture,from the Classical Greeks down through William Carlos Williams. attempts toground individual human knowledge upon a recognition of the other, upon the bases of humanknowledge established by the community as a whole. A similar position is played out farmore briefly and playfully in Zukofskys important mid-period sequence "I's(pronounced )" (composed 1959-1960). eyes(1963) and its "sequel," (1964), are two slim volumes oftypically angular, oblique poems, many of which are distinctly occasional. There arevalentines here, a response to younger poets' recognition, and even a sequence celebratingthe family's removal from their longtime abode, "The Old Poet Moves to a NewApartment 14 Times" (1962). Zukofsky, it should be emphasized, was a lifelong NewYorker; "At one time or another," as he notes in the ,"I have lived in all of the boroughs of New York City." After his WPA work endedin 1942, he worked at a succession of jobs, including a couple of stints as a substituteteacher in the New York City high schools and technical editing jobs for severalengineering firms. In 1947 he took a job as an instructor in the English Department of thePolytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he would teach until 1966, when he retired at therank of associate professor. It was not a particularly congenial atmosphere for a poet--hewould make pointed remarks about the college and his department in --butZukofsky made the best of it, teaching a wide range of literature courses and acting asfaculty advisor to the poetry club. He was generous with his time and attention to thosefew students who showed an interest in literature, introducing them not merely to theclassics but as well to the then-obscure works of his friends Niedecker and Reznikoff. Atleast one fledgling engineer, Hugh Seidman, went on to pursue poetry as a vocation; but inthe main Zukofsky thought of his students as "my plumbers."