112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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“Words dry and riderless”: Plath and the Articulation of Loss

Addison Palacios, University of California, Riverside

This paper focuses on the trajectory of Sylvia Plath’s poetry as she attempts to articulate the feeling of loss, to name that which has been lost, and melancholia’s effects on language. I also argue that poetry, particularly the confessional mode of poetry popularized in the 1950’s, can enable successful mourning while also identifying factors which can inhibit it.

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