Sylvia's poem "Last Words" was written in 1961, in the midst of her depression, as you can tell as you read through this almost disturbing piece. Most of her poems toward the end of her life were depressing and having to do with death. Another example of her dark poetry came in the same year, 1961 and was entitled "Mirror." This poem has many references toward death, as does "Last Words.". In "Last Words" she is directly talking about death to herself, whereas in "Mirror" she is talking about herself being a lake and another woman doing the killing. In this case the woman drowns a young girl in the lake, or "Sylvia." In either case death is obviously on Sylvia Plath's mind, therefore, she inserts it into her work. Also in "Last Words" Sylvia mentions her mirror clouding over. This was probably her motivation for the very comparable poem "Mirror." If you ask me, this young poet's mirror clouded over way too early.
Sunday, October 5, 2003
The Bell Jar is an important title. It’s taught in schools, high schools and secondary schools. I imagine it’s included in comprehensive Women’s Studies programs where there’s an emphasis on the Humanities. The title matters.