Bree’s Melancholic Tales: An Interpretation of “Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath

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Sylvia Plath lived her adult days in somber madness, greatly attributing to the now-famous work she produced in her lifetime. The clinical depression that overtook her life was the driving force behind her writing, and ultimately her unfortunate demise. Sylvia Plath was only thirty years old when she took her own life.

Much of Plath’s work details her mental health and life troubles, especially the problems she experienced in her romantic life. I chose to interpret her poem “Mad Girl’s Love Song,” as I feel it is an accurate representation of Plath’s state of mind during her troubles with love. Interestingly enough, this poem was written years before she split with her husband Ted Hughes, whom she discovered was having an affair with another woman.

“Mad Girl’s Love Song”

“I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)”

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