Sylvia Plath Sample Answer & Notes: Personal Experience Of Suffering And The Redemptive Power Of Love

The most recent question on Sylvia Plath came up on the 2014 Higher Level paper:


“Plath makes effective use of language to explore her personal experiences of suffering and to provide occasional glimpses of the redemptive power of love.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of Sylvia Plath on your course.

The marking scheme directs examiners to reward discussion of imagery and language to reveal the poet's fears and sadness, her fascination with nature and childhood, etc.
Occasional glimpses of a smile
Sylvia Plath’s poetry reflects her troubled, yet fascinating outlook on life. Paradoxically, despite brimming with overpowering emptiness and dark emotions, her poetry is effortlessly beautiful. An occasional incandescent light shines through and reminds her of love, as she methodically contemplates nature or reflects on motherhood with incredible selfless depth. I am going to discuss Plath’s evocative language that reflects the amplitude of her overwhelming feelings and fascinating thought process in the context of Poppies in July, Finisterre, Black Rook in Rainy Weather, Pheasant as well as Morning Song and Child.

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