Death and The Idea of Free Woman: Delving into the Psychological
Devika S Praveen
English Literature paper
Sylvia Plath's "Edge" stands as a haunting exploration of mortality, desire, and the complexities of the feminine psyche. This poem walks a tightrope between domesticity and escape, sanity, and madness, ultimately leading us to the precipice where death intersects with a chilling sense of liberation. The study navigates the poem's unsettling imagery and symbolic language, unravelling the psychological forces that push the speaker towards her final act. The poem is the final one written by the poet, only a few days prior to her suicide, on February of 1963. Sylvia Plath's last poems reveal a suicidal malaise, with themes of unbearable pain, loss, and abandonment likely contributing to her death (Leenaars). The poem, in many ways abstruse and ambiguous, is read by many critics, as the poet’s thoughts of despair and suicidal tendencies.
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Unique Paper ID: 162315

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 9

Page(s): 168 - 170
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