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Paralytic Poetry From The Brink Silvia Plath has always been famous She was a very open poet who wrote with so much confession she became almost like a soap opera Her life was a constant bout with suicide and the readers loved to watch After one of her first suicide attempts which is included in The Bell Jar a novel later written by Plath she was admitted into McLean Hospital The poem Paralytic more than likely came from her time there It is a poem about a girl who is placed into a mental institution after attempting to commit suicide The poem Paralytic goes as follows It happens Will it go on- My mind a rock No fingers to grip no tongue My god the iron lung That loves me pumps My two Dust bags in and out Will not Let me relapse While the day outside glides by like ticker tape The night brings violets Tapestries of eyes Lights The soft anonymous Talkers You all right The starched inaccessible breast Dead egg I lie Whole On a whole world I cannot touch At the white tight Drum of my sleeping couch Photographs visit me- My wife dead and flat in 1920 furs Mouth full of pearls Two girls As flat as she who whisper Were your daughters The still waters Wrap my lips Eyes nose and ears A clear
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