By Mark Strand

ISBN-10: 0307957640

ISBN-13: 9780307957641

From Pulitzer Prize--winner Mark Strand comes an exquisitely witty and poignant sequence of prose poems. occasionally showing as natural prose, occasionally as impure poetry, yet continually with Strand's readability and straightforwardness of fashion, they're like riddles, their solutions vanishing simply as they seem within sight. myth, household satire, meditation, comic story, and fable all come jointly in what's arguably the liveliest, such a lot unique publication that Strand has but written.

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Then he threw himself face down as if he would grind his body through me and into the mud. . Marco set his teeth to the strap at my shoulder and tore my sheath to the waist. I saw the glimmer of bare skin, like a pale veil separating two bloody-minded adversaries. (Plath 126) Patriarchal Oppression in The Bell Jar 43 Marco throws Esther into the mud and bleeds on her face. His kicking her down into the mud shows his lack of respect for Esther and for nature. As Karen Warren has noted, “Probably no behavior of domination is more symptomatic and symbolic of patriarchy than rape” (208).

Determined to establish an independent literary career, she moved her children to a flat on Fitzroy Road in London in December of 1962. Although illness and bad weather compounded the difficulties she faced as a single mother, Plath continued her habit of working in the early morning hours before the children were awake. Though she had been publishing short fiction in magazines, the publication of The Bell Jar in early 1963 was a vivid fulfillment of her ambition to become a novelist and a harbinger of the future success she hoped to achieve.

Inability to compromise, to live in the world, can come from mental illness or can be seen as mental illness. But it can also come from the brilliance itself. Many ask, Could Plath have been saved by Prozac? Perhaps—but she could well have been destroyed by Prozac, rendered passive, accepting, and compliant by medication. Plath claimed that The Bell Jar was a “potboiler,” and she intended to write another book showing the character adjusted, healthy. But given the individual and the society in which she was enmeshed, that book could not have been written.

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