“The poetry of Sylvia Plath is intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing.”
Do you agree with this assessment of her poetry?
I agree with the assessment that Plath’s poetry is intense, deeply personal and quite disturbing. Plath has a dark mind filled with doubts and demons of all shapes and sizes which provide a rich repertoire of imagery to draw from.
One of her most intense poems is “Pheasant”. She uses an urgent tone and abrupt sentences to convey the intensity of the situation. “Do not Kill it” is a statement she makes, pleading with the man to let the poultry live.
William Wordsworth The poetry of William Wordsworth appeals to a modern reader, discuss why.
The poetry of William Wordsworth transcends to time to appeal to modern readers. As a romantic, Wordsworth delights in the world around him. Wordsworth’s references to nature, found in all of his poetry, is what gives his poetry a timeless quality. Wordsworth has developed a permanent relevance to the modern reader.
“Lines Composed Upon Westminster Bridge” is one of his poems that appeals to the modern reader. Wordsworth sees beauty in the city of London as well as in the fields that surround it. Wordsworth speaks of the city with the lines “like a garment wear/ The beauty of the morning; silent, bare”.
Elizabeth Bishop The poetry of Elizabeth Bishop appeals to the modern reader for many reasons.
The descriptive, vibrant language of Elizabeth Bishop transcends through time to appeal to every reader in all of her poems. In “The Bight”, she uses a vast array of descriptive words to convey her message. “Crumbling ribs of marl that protrude and glare” are used to signify the imperfection of the bight. Bishop appears to relate to the unconventional and unattractiveness bight. She uses several metaphors and similes to convey the disorder of the poem – “like torn-open unanswered letters, the Bight is littered with old correspondences”.