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Peele 1 Vicky Peele Professor Johnson English 112 Section 087 26 February 2001 Sylvia Plath Analysis of Black Rook in Rainy Weather Sylvia Plath was a remarkable twentieth century American poet whose poetry focused on depression suicide and death savage imagery and self-destruction Examining the life of Sylvia Plath helps her readers better understand her poetry because many of the imagery and attitudes in her poetry are based on her life experiences Plath was born on October 27 1932 daughter of Otto and Aurelia Plath Her father taught biology and German at Boston University and died on November 2 1940 when Sylvia was only eight years old In 1956 she married the poet Ted Hughes their first child Frieda was born on April 1 1960 their second Nicholas on January 17 1962 In October 1962 the marriage fell apart and they separated Sylvia made several unsuccessful attempts to commit suicide and on February 11 1963 Sylvia Plath died by her own hand Hall 1-10 In Black Rook in Rainy Weather Plath paints a picture of a womans dreary and perhaps depressed life which contains its occasional moments of happiness Black Rook in Rainy Weather written in 1956 describes how the ordinary things in life are the things that make life worth living The setting of the poem is outdoors on a dismal but quite ordinary rainy day The speaker does not seemed to be concerned with the actual landscape surrounding her but is lost in her own thoughts The narrator who is walking warily through this dull ruinous landscape lines 22-24 trekking stubborn through this season of fatigue lines 33-34 seems to be living a bleak existence Her life is mundane and she is seeking splendor or to have the sight set on fire in my eye lines 6-7 She seems to be living in a very dark world and her only joys are flashes
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