Love’s Hate in Sylvia Plath’s Mad Girl’s Love Song and Hate Poem by Julie Sheehan

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William Congreve, a play writer wrote, “Heaven has no rage, like love to hatred turned, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorned” (459 Congreve). The feeling of betrayal and enraged love as described in Congreve’s mighty words, is cohesive between both Sylvia Plath’s, “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, and, “Hate Poem” by Julie Sheehan. Similarities that coexist between the two poems are: theme, imagery, and repetition. Love can be beautiful and bright, it can also be dark and depressing, as exemplified in both Plath’s and Sheehan’s writing.
Love that is filled with hatred and other powerful mixed emotion coincides in the theme of both Sylvia Plath’s, “Mad Girl’s Love Song”, and, “Hate Poem” by Julie Sheehan. Plath’s title a “Mad Girl’s Love Song”
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Comparatively the title “Hate Poem” is much like “Mad Girl’s Love Song”. They both allow the reader make some immediate judgments about what the poem is about. “Hate Poem’s” theme is the feeling of intense bitterness or disgust towards someone else. The poem begins by stating “I hate you truly. Truly I do. / Everything about me hates everything about you” (Sheehan). Sheenhan is declares a feeling of hatred, towards a specific person as indicated by the word “you”. She expands on how deeply her loathing is, “I dissect you cell by cell, so that I might hate each one individually and at leisure. / My lungs, duplicitous twins, expand with the utter validity of my hate, which can never/have enough of you”. EXPAND MORE!
*Add quote from book to state what imagery creates for a poem*Plath writes “God topples from the sky, hell’s fire fade: / Exit seraphim and enter Satan’s men: / I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead” (Plath). Using distinctive biblical allusions that creates an imager of faith leaving her, and an incubus filling her exemplifies the evilness of her relationship. Other than allusions, Plath also used a great deal of personification in her work. An example of figurative language used is, “The stars go waltzing out in blue and red, / And arbitrary darkness gallops in” (Plath). The colors used, “blue” and “red” can connoted to develop a deeper meaning; such that they share a

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