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In Plaster was a poem written by Sylvia Plath on March 18 1961 The poem was written while Plath was in St Pancras hospital in England immediately following an appendectomy Her journals as well as the letters she wrote to her mother vividly describe the events surrounding the composition of this poem Interestingly Plath also wrote another one of her famous poems Tulips on the same day The events in Plaths personal life surrounding the writing of this poem were fairly chaotic Two years earlier Plath suffered an extreme case of writers block while at Yaddo She later concludes that her unknown pregnancy with Frieda was the cause of this block After Friedas birth Sylvia pours her entire life into caring for her daughter A year later in early 1961 Plath suffers a miscarriage of her second child A mere month after this occurs she undergoes an appendectomy Plath as concluded from her letters and journals exhibited a type of schizophrenia during this time period Her letters to her mother just days before she wrote the poem create the image of a happy-go-lucky ever-optimistic little girl However her journals create a very different picture Sylvia is far more critical of her surroundings constantly saying that she does not fit in to the false optimism of the hospital environment Her poem In Plaster seems to be an expression of Sylvias inner conflictSylvias actual inspiration for the poem In Plaster was a woman by the name of Joan Joan was in the hospital bed next to Plath and according to Sylvia was in a cast from toe to bosom In Plaster has a persona indicating that Plath wanted to express personal opinions and feelings The title itself can be interpreted several different ways First it has the literal connotation of the plaster bandage Plath was wearing following her operation However the title also has the symbolic significance of plaster acting as emotional prison in which the persona
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