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by Sylvia Plath

Analysis: Calling Card

Playful Violence

Plath sometimes uses such playful language, rhythm, and rhyme that you'd think you were reading a nursery rhyme. But don't be tricked – her singsong writing is not about nursery rhyme topics, but about life, death, femininity, and depression – serious, tragic matters. Plath's not afraid to tackle disturbing topics, and the playfulness of her language makes the often-violent images in her poetry more shocking.

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