Sylvia Plath Essay On Imagery
I explore Plath's connections with the then-new element of Lawrencium, Huxley's Brave New World, Shakespeare's...more Weblink above to my essay on Sylvia Plath's poem, "Morning Song," published in May 2016 in The American Journal of Poetry.It specifically refers to Daniel Stern’s and Anthony Giddens’s largely overlapping concepts of maternal and romantic love to argue that Plath’s children poems are significantly infused with a poetics of romantic love.
Because Forrest-Thomson’s aesthetic project is further complicated by her own development as a poet, I also consider a selection of poems published in the 1974 Omens Poetry Pamphlet Cordelia: or ‘A poem should not mean but be’, in order to explore an elided, yet suggestive, relation between feeling and theory in her poetry.
Rather than trying to do so, I outline how, by replacing a focus on signification (the stable transmission of meaning) with the process of the text (its use of phonology, repetition and syntactic fragmentation) the critic can maintain the poems’ crucial ambiguity.
They do not mean, therefore, in the usual sense of the word; rather, they mean only in an ambiguous, unstable and shifting manner, one that evades the critical desire to impose a certainty of interpretation upon them.
The Hound of the Baskervilles has been listed by the BBC as the United Kingdom’s “Best-Loved Novel.” [See pages 13-15 of attached PDF] Fall 2015 issue of Canadian Holmes magazine In this essay I offer a reading of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ in terms of how it subverts signification through the instability of the ‘I’ persona.
Taking the notion of jouissance (as a destructive excess beyond language), I explore how...
more In this essay I offer a reading of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Ariel’ in terms of how it subverts signification through the instability of the ‘I’ persona.