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Sylvia Plath - Mary's song
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sabina moscatelli  Identity Verified
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Mar 30, 2005

Dear all

at the end of April I will be giving my final dissertation (a post degree course). Among other tasks, I have to write a literary commentary to the above mentioned poem.

Does any of you know any interesting websites on this poem? I found some material which doesn't seem too reliable though. Or can you suggest some critical essays on Plath, which I could buy either in Italy or on the Internet?

Thanks a lot in advance for your help.


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Kim Metzger  Identity Verified
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Some resources Mar 30, 2005

Hi Sabina, here are some resources I found on the Internet:

Sylvia Plath - Mary's Song

The Sunday lamb cracks in its fat.
The fat
Sacrifices its opacity. . . .

A window, holy gold.
The fire makes it precious,
The same fire

Melting the tallow heretics,
Ousting the Jews.
Their thick palls float

Over the cicatrix of Poland, burnt-out
They do not die.

Grey birds obsess my heart,
Mouth-ash, ash of eye.
They settle. On the high

That emptied one man into space
The ovens glowed like heavens, incandescent.

It is a heart,
This holocaust I walk in,
O golden child the world will kill and eat.

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Try this one... Mar 30, 2005

Dickie, Margaret. "Sylvia Plath's Narrative Strategies". Critical Essays on Sylvia Plath . Ed. Linda W. Wagner. Boston: G. K. Hall & Company, 1984.

It should be available at Amazon
It proves very thought-provoking

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Marcus Malabad  Identity Verified
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Sylvia Mar 30, 2005

I also suggest watching Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie "Sylvia".

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