Robert Phillips: On "Lady Lazarus"
She fears, in "Sheep in Fog," that her search will lead instead to a "starless and fatherless" heaven, carrying her into dark waters. Such dark waters are the subject of "Lady Lazarus," a much-quoted poem in which Plath compares herself to that Biblical figure once resurrected by Christ (and to a cat with its nine lives) because she has been "resurrected" from attempted suicide three times. The poem is also an act of revenge on the male Ego:
Out of the ash
I rise with my red hair
And I eat men like air.
From "The Dark Tunnel: A Reading of Sylvia Plath." Modern Poetry Studies 3.2 (1972).
|Title||Robert Phillips: On "Lady Lazarus"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||Robert Phillips||Criticism Target||Sylvia Plath|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||20 Jan 2014|
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