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Literature11 - The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: Poem: Lady Lazarus

Lady Lazarus by Sylvia Plath (1962)
Lady Lazarus is one of Sylvia Plath's best known poems. Written in the final few months of 1962, it is one of several powerful poems Plath wrote in quick succession, before her death on 11th February 1963. 

POEM: "Lady Lazarus" by Sylvia Plath

About the Poem

‘Lady Lazarus’ is one of the best poems of Sylvia Plath and an ideal example of Plath’s diction. This poem contains Plath’s poetic expression of her suicidal thoughts.

Having attempted suicide multiple times in her life and survived, Plath compares herself to the biblical figure of Lazarus of Bethany, who was raised from the dead by Jesus. The colloquial tone with which she addresses her own suicide attempts point to Plath’s depression, the casual nature of ‘I have done it again’ chilling to the reader. Lady Lazarus paints a bleak picture of Plath’s depression, each day yearning more deeply to end her life.

Period: 20th Century

Nationality: American

Themes: DeathFailureIdentity

Emotions: AnxietyDepression

Topics: MythologyAdversityFeminism

Form: Free Verse

Genre: Confessional