Dickinson and Plath Comparative Analysis

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Poetry is an intense expression of feelings and ideas which reflect the joys and struggles of the person writing it. We use it to convey love, to mourn a loss, tell a story, or to say the things we are afraid to tell an actual person. Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath don't write sonnets. These two poets clearly used poetry as a cathartic release for the troubles of their lives. Their struggles with even the rudimentary, plagued them throughout their short lifetime. Life and death being in constant conflict,albeit causing them great sadness in life,also produced some of the greatest written word the world will ever know. Although separated by nearly a century, their raw and intense views on the futility of life, transcend the centuries and …show more content…

Immortality was also there, suggesting belief of an afterlife, unlike Plath who didn't write of one. Another way to look at it is that death is a backstabber. She takes a carriage ride from this nice stranger, going by a school with children at recess, then a beautiful field, but suddenly she finds herself passing the setting sun, cold,underdressed, and at the graveyard! While the commonality between Plath and Dickinson's portrayal of death is that it's inevitable and anthropomorphic, that's where they stop being in agreement. What's missing in Dickinson's poetry is fear, as if she viewed death as the end of life,but the beginning of something else. Whereas Plath's poetry showed a fight with death,as well as a fight with life.Not a fight like she was against dying,but she was resistant to death being in control of her fate. Maybe that's why Plath wrote about suicide so much and Dickinson rarely did,but she did include death in her writings about life and losing sanity. Both Plath and Dickinson appear to have documented their early demise, Dickinson's psychological well-being and Plath's actual death. Dickinson's "I felt a funeral in my brain" is a poem about mental dissolution. Clearly you can't have a funeral in your brain, you also can't feel a funeral, as it's a tangible event and not a thought. You also can't have a funeral for your brain,although it's easy to question if some people have. So we must deduce that the funeral is a metaphor