A Birthday Present Poem by Sylvia Plath

A Birthday Present

Rating: 3.5

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Donna Pasquale 31 March 2009

i think that this is referring to her husband's infidelity. i think she wants him to come clean and set her free as a 'gift' to her. i think with every lie, every clue to his infidelity, he is dragging on the torture. Let it not come by the mail, finger by finger. Let it not come by word of mouth, I should be sixty By the time the whole of it was delivered, and to numb to use it. she just wants to be free but she is not willing to be the one to give up. she wants him to give her the ammunition so she can pull the trigger.

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Gregory Collins 09 January 2009

sarah mclachlan smells like a flock of seagulls

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Monty Cantsin 30 June 2005

Brilliant & clear, like a poisonous toadstool in the morning light.

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Marina Gipps 09 March 2006

It's how I feel this birthday month.

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Ian Mckinney 23 October 2007

THe 'Birthday present' could b the omnipresent veil of time that constantly closes in on her, and she begs it to kill her directly, not 'finger by finger', that might take 60 odd years. What do u think?

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riarna 18 March 2019

id be able to leave a proper comment about the poem if I could actually see it straight up

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Jimmy 14 March 2019

creepy, very strange, now i have to write twenty words in order to gain access to the stupid poem so now here are your dumb words you stupid program one two three four im probably at my limit now

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Clare 22 February 2019

Clearly defines a woman who seeks the mystic release of death, addresses the confrontation, immediate or potential, of something desired, yet also feared. 

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B H 09 April 2017

Does death call the poet whose sensitivity is too great to bear?

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Sean Mccarthy 06 October 2016

really need to access this poem du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du du

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Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
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