Linda Pastan's After Agatha Christie

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Linda Pastan is the poet of "After Agatha Christie." This poem addresses the idea that depression can lead to self-harm. it is inferred that the pronounced corpse of the poem is Agatha Christie. Furthermore, Agatha was her own killer. She placed herself in a locked room where no one suspect anything mysterious to occur. However, she was living in a state of depression. Agatha committed suicide thinking that no one would miss her absence. It states in-line six that, "death comes reassuring" indicating that Agatha approved of her immolation. Linda Pastan's play on words, "even the skull smiles to itself" personifies that Agatha found it peaceful to rest alone. Her death unraveled right in front of her eyes for she realized she had no alibi; she
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