Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Poem of the Day: "Aftermath" by Sylvia Plath, Poet of the Month

The Songs of Eretz Poetry Review Poem of the Day for November 25, 2014 is "Aftermath" by Sylvia Plath, Poet of the Month.  The text of the poem may be found here:  http://www.internal.org/Sylvia_Plath/Aftermath.  A biography of Ms. Path and references may be found here:  http://eretzsongs.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-songs-of-eretz-poet-of-month-for.html.

"Aftermath" is comprised of fourteen lines divided into two stanzas, the first of eight lines, the second of six, a nod to the Petrarchan sonnet form.  Although written in free verse, most lines contain four poetic feet, and the second stanza contains an end-line rhyme and a strong end-line consonance.

The poem mocks the rubberneckers and lookie-loos who delight in observing the calamities of others.  The owner of the burned down house is compared to Medea (pictured), which may imply that the tragedy is of the owner's making http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/372086/Medea.

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