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A Birthday Present

Sylvia Plath

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stunning imagery
Added by: Kim Robinson
I am a Plath Freak! And I adore "A Birthday Present," not only for the rich imagery and metaphor, but because it has the power to send chills down one's spine.
Of course the birthday present is "death" itself. I am sure it is unique/I am sure it is what I want/I feel it looking, I feel it thinking (Plath's darkness has taken on a life of its own--it shimmers,has breasts, edges, black eye pits, and scars)
After all, I am only alive by accident/ now there are these veils, shimmering like curtains-(the veils symbolize Plath's depressive, black state of mind) If you only knew how these veils were killing my days/ Is it possible for you to let something go and have it go whole? (Plath had tried to kill herself already but did not complete her suicide) let down the veil, the veil, the veil/and let the knife not carve, but enter (complete her death) Pure and clean as the cry of a baby/and the universe slide from my side (death would be the ultimate birthday present for Plath--and she did accomplish what she wanted at 30 years old) One wonders--is this the birthday present she truly wanted?

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