Sylvia Plath | Critical Essay by Jerrianne Schultz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Sylvia Plath.
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Critical Essay by Jerrianne Schultz

SOURCE: Schultz, Jerrianne. “Perfection and Reproduction: Mutually Exclusive Expectations for Women in Sylvia Plath's ‘Edge.’” English Language Notes 37, no. 2 (December, 1999): 68-75.

In the following essay, Schultz finds allusions to mythological images of motherhood and womanhood in “Edge.”

As the last poem Sylvia Plath ever wrote, “Edge” is tempting to read as her final decision to commit suicide, especially with lines like, “We have come so far, it is over.”1 But a close analysis reveals that the poem contains subtle, carefully constructed prosodic effects. Such poetic finesse would be difficult to affect from a stupor of suicidal emotion. Rather, the touches rendered to this poem encourage an intellectual, rather than purely emotional response. Such an intellectual approach to “Edge”...

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