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Death is one of the major themes of Sylvia Plaths poetry Many of her poems are elaborate explorations of the concept of death It was also one of her major preoccupations as can be seen from the documentation of her life She attempted suicide at various intervals throughout her life However the events in her life were not entirely responsible for each of her three attempts and eventual death To the outsider her life seemed perfect but over the course of time she had numerous bouts of depression and breakdowns Her state of mind during these times has been fairly well expressed in her work Her poetry with its treatments of death and suicide give her readers a deeper insight on death Her last poemswritten right before she killed herself give death a sort of cruel allure and her mental anguish is plain to see It seem as if death is more than just an insistent fixation for her it is more like a process or treatment Like and enticing potion that will help her achieve some end Lady Lazarus is one of her more famous poems from a collection entitled Ariel published posthumously It is a poem reflecting Plaths own suicide attempts Lazarus in the title is a reference to the New Testament Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus The poem too is about a sort of female Lazarus who can die and rise again The woman in the poem who is also the narrator is famous for this ability She speaks of dying over and over again And how even when her body has begun to decay she soon comes back to normal almost as good as new The comparison of herself to a cat with nine times to die indicates that she will not give up till she actually succeeds The repeated resurrections have made the woman into a horrifying spectacle She
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