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The poetry of Sylvia Plath and Bruce Dawe differ considerably in style context and language yet offer unique perceptions of the issues surrounding society and themselves Born two years apart in different countries both poets demonstrated great promise and talent at a very young age especially Plath who regarded herself as dangerously brainy Their talent has been recognised with many awards and scholarships yet both poets received international fame from their late poetry Dawes reputation as an acclaimed Australian poet arrived 37 years after his was born when he won the Ampol Arts Award for creative literature As with Dawes poetry Plath found her true voice later in life when she decided to write at a much faster pace and more controlled rhythm Although her writing was at its peak at his time Plaths marriage to British poet Ted Hughes was experiencing complications Teds relationships with fashion models drove the marriage apart and later made a depressed Plath to take her own life The anger and betrayal that she felt at the hand of Hughes were very strong and are apparent in Plaths late poetry Images of death and pain appear throughout many of these poems Ostriker p348 Sylvia Plath explores the emotions and feelings of her own life experiences in her poetry Like her marriage breakup affecting her late poetry Plaths work reflects the pivotal moments in her life where she releases the joy and anger that has build inside of her In the poem The Arrival of the Beebox Plath expresses her feelings of betrayal towards her fathers death by exercising power over him as a beekeeper On the other hand Bruce Dawe is a completely different poet he writes about the matters of social political and cultural interest that concern the typical Australian Dawe writes about all people who are vulnerable and easily hurt and has an instinctive sympathy with them The thirty years leading to his poetrys success Dawe had exper
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