undergraduate thesis
"Dying Is an Art": The Images of Death in Sylvia Plath's Poetry

Tihana Micarakis (2016)
Sveučilište u Zadru
Odjel za anglistiku
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Title"Dying Is an Art": The Images of Death in Sylvia Plath's Poetry
AuthorTihana Micarakis
Mentor(s)Vesna Ukić Košta (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This paper focuses on the analysis of twelve poems by Sylvia Plath, written in the 1950s and 1960s. Its main goal is to explore how death is presented in these poems and what significance it holds for her oeuvre. Furthermore, it aims to show to what extent they comply with demands of the literary critics of the time, especially of A. Alvarez, who demanded of English poets to face their personal experience, consider the forces of disintegration present in the society and in themselves, and to write about the atrocities of the two world wars and concentration camps. In the selected poems it is noticeable that images of death constitute a great part of her poetry, from her earlier work in which her lyric personae discover death in the natural landscape and those in which morbid elements such as dissected corpses serve as the main inspiration, to the poems in which the transcending power of art and its immortality is perceived. Moreover, the death of her father presents a psychologically disruptive element in her poems in which the coping with the loss can only be achieved through own death with the ultimate goal of reunion with the father. Finally, we encounter poems in which the lyric “I’ assumes the role of a Holocaust victim, thus equating the inner turmoil with the images of torture and genocide in the concentration camps during the World War II.
Parallel title (Croatian)„Umiranje je umjetnost”: prikazi smrti u poeziji Sylvije Plath
Committee MembersRajko Petković (committee chairperson)
Vesna Ukić Košta (committee member)
Marko Lukić (committee member)
GranterSveučilište u Zadru
Lower level organizational unitsOdjel za anglistiku
PlaceZadar
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-09-28
Parallel abstract (Croatian)
Ovaj rad bavi se analizom dvanaest pjesama Sylvije Plath nastalih tijekom pedesetih i šezdesetih godina dvadesetog stoljeća. Glavni cilj ovog rada je istražiti način na koji je smrt prikazana u njezinim pjesmama te značenje koje ima za njezin opus. Nadalje, njegova svrha je pokazati u kojoj mjeri njezine pjesme zadovoljavaju zahtjeve tadašnjih književnih kritičara, posebice A. Alvareza koji u svojoj kritici engleske poezije zahtjeva od pjesnika da se posvete vlastitom iskustvu i prikažu sile dezintegracije u svakodnevnom društvu i u njima samima, a to su horori dvaju svjetskih ratova i koncentracijskih logora. U odabranim pjesmama je vidljivo kako smrt čini sastavni dio poezije Sylvije Plath, od ranijih djela u kojima njeni lirski subjekti u susretu sa prirodnim krajolikom pronalaze smrt, preko onih u kojima glavnu inspiraciju predstavljaju morbidni elementi poput seciranih trupla pa sve do pjesama u kojima lirski subjekt poima transcendentnu moć umjetnosti i njenu besmrtnost. Također, vidljivo je kako smrt oca u njezinim pjesmama predstavlja psihološki gubitak kojeg je jedino moguće preboliti putem vlastite smrti s ciljem ponovnog ujedinjena s mrtvim ocem. Naposljetku nailazimo na pjesme u kojima njezino lirsko „ja” preuzima ulogu žrtve holokausta time izjednačavajući vlastitu patnju s prikazom mučenja i genocida u koncentracijskim logorima tijekom Drugog svjetskog rata.
Parallel keywords (Croatian)Sylvia Plath image death father Holocaust Sylvia Plath pjesnička slika smrt otac holokaust
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:162:324909
CommitterMarta Unković