Conflicting Perspectives Essay

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What is your understanding of “ truth” after your study of conflicting perspectives and their representation? The notion of truth being a defined reasoning and represented as a one sided argument is unmistakably how most audiences visualize it. The concept cannot be interpreted in such close mindedness, as to tell the truth is to speak what appears “truthful” to “you”. Conflicting perspectives arise when the visualization of how feasible or veracious something is differs between individuals. The controversy surrounding Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, contentious poets of the twenty first century portray their own reality through their semi-confessional poetry. Sylvia Plath frequently extends her cereal obsession with her dead father as…show more content…
Attempting to purge him self of all blame, supporting his own twisted reality, this particular poem seems only to deny him that privilege. Taunting and provoking Plath, Hughes puts himself up on a pedestal of contentment. Throughout The Birthday Letters Hughes renders Plath’s death inexorable, claiming to be a bystander unable to prevent her attraction to the grave. A minotaur, in Greek mythology is a half man half bull creature that feeds on the flesh it finds within its labyrinth. Hughes metaphorically describes Plath’s slipping into madness as entering a labyrinth, implying that she would never get out and that ‘death’ was looming on her from around every corner. The poets use of sparse punctuality and enjambment make the poem fast paced and audibly interesting while Hughes uses sharp wit and sarcasm to tie Plath’s fury to her unconventional personality and not his tardiness. The final stanza places strong emphasis on use of personal pronoun “your mother”, “your risen father” and “your own corpse” show an accusatory, forceful tone. The juxtaposition of “Grave of your risen father” seems to foreshadow Plath’s own unavoidable downfall. Colours signify shift in moods, feelings and beliefs. White denotes purity, humility and marriage. Blue conveys trust, tranquillity and harmony. Red represents all things intense and passionate. It is no surprise then as to why Hughes titled one of his works after this symbolism.

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