Friday, 7 October 2016

The speaker is a lover with a very deep feeling of love for someone (which could be male or female) the poem did not specify.

In a nut shell, Sylvia Plath wrote this poem in form of villanelle. When a poem has 6 stanzas (where the first 5 stanzas are 3 lines each and the last stanza is 4 lines) of which line 1 is repeated in line 6, 12, 18 and line 3 is repeated in line 9, 15, 19; such a poem is referred to as a villanelle.

To summarize the poem, "It seems I made you up in my brain because you left me too soon when your love inside of me was still very fresh and strong; leaving me with the hope that you shall soon come back to me until now I became old and could no longer recollect your name.

Whenever I remember how memorable our encounter used to be_ your undeniable insane way of kissing; I always feel as if you're just a sweet fiction to me"

It is of little necessity to state the the theme of this poem when it's generally known that villanelles are French form of poetry that discuss the subject of love.
Besides the use of repetition of lines such as "I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead" and "I think I made you up inside my head", the are other beauty devices created by Sylvia Plath in "Mad Girl's Love Song".

The expression "all the world drops dead" has an alliteration, a hyperbole, and also seems like a metonymy and more.

"my lids" is a synecdoche while the "The stars go waltzing out in blue and red" is a personification.
"God" "hell" "seraphim" "Satan" are all instance of religious allusion in the poem.

On the October 27th in the year 1932, one of those destined to represent the female gender in the creative craft of literature was born and innocently christened Sylvia Plath; not knowing such name will stand the test of time. This reminds me of a quote from the Ifa divinity which says "None of us at the beach can differentiate the footprint of royals from paupers; no one can ever predict the future of a person immediately at birth".

According to the article at, Sylvia Plath had been eying fame before she even became a teen. Reading voraciously, writing creatively, aiming to be a published public figure before she entered her teen-hood. No wonder some people refer to Chimamanda Adichie as the Sylvia Plath of Nigeria.

But upon all her strives and attempts, the lifetime of Sylvia exemplified "qui cera cera". "On February 11, 1963_ during one of the worst English winters on record, Plath wrote a note to her downstairs neighbor instructing him to call the doctor, then she committed suicide using her gas oven".

Samuel C. Enunwa aka samueldpoetry
(the Leo with wings flying)


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