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Aftermath - Sylvia Plath

Compelled by calamity's magnet They loiter and stare as if the house Burnt-out were theirs, or as if they thought Some scandal might any minute ooze From a smoke-choked closet into light; No deaths, no prodigious injuries Glut these hunters after an old meat, Blood-spoor of the austere tragedies.

Mother Medea in a green smock Moves humbly as any housewife through Her ruined apartments, taking stock Of charred shoes, the sodden upholstery: Cheated of the pyre and the rack, The crowd sucks her last tear and turns away.


Aftermath von Sylvia Plath

Gezwungen durch Magnet Unglück's Sie bummeln und schauen, als ob das Haus Burnt-out die ihrigen waren, oder als ob sie glaubten, Einige Skandal könnte jede Minute Schlamm Aus Rauch erstickten Schrank ins Licht; Kein Mann, keine gewaltige Verletzungen Glut die Jäger nach einem alten Fleisch, Blut-Spur des strengen Tragödien.

Mutter Medea in einem grünen Kittel Verschiebt demütig wie eine Hausfrau durch Ihrem zerstörten Wohnungen, eine Bestandsaufnahme Verkohlten Schuhe, die nassen Polster: Betrogen und um den Scheiterhaufen und die Folter, Die Menge saugt ihre letzte Träne und wendet sich ab.

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Am 11. Februar 1963 nahm sich Sylvia Plath das Leben.

Bereits zehn Jahre zuvor hatte sie einen Suizidversuch unternommen - eine Folge der Depression, gegen die sie - letzten Endes - vergeblich ankämpfte.

Die Behandlung in der Psychiatrie, ihre Gefühle - wie unter eine Glasglocke - verarbeitete sie in ihrem berühmten Roman.

Sylvia Plath: Lady Lazarus

I have done it again. One year in every ten I manage it——

A sort of walking miracle, my skin Bright as a Nazi lampshade, My right foot

A paperweight, My face a featureless, fine Jew linen.

Peel off the napkin O my enemy. Do I terrify?——

The nose, the eye pits, the full set of teeth? The sour breath Will vanish in a day.

Soon, soon the flesh The grave cave ate will be At home on me

And I a smiling woman. I am only thirty. And like the cat I have nine times to die.

This is Number Three. What a trash To annihilate each decade.

What a million filaments. The peanut-crunching crowd Shoves in to see

Them unwrap me hand and foot—— The big strip tease. Gentlemen, ladies

These are my hands My knees. I may be skin and bone,

Nevertheless, I am the same, identical woman. The first time it happened I was ten. It was an accident.

The second time I meant To last it out and not come back at all. I rocked shut

As a seashell. They had to call and call And pick the worms off me like sticky pearls.

Dying Is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well.

I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I’ve a call.

It’s easy enough to do it in a cell. It’s easy enough to do it and stay put. It’s the theatrical

Comeback in broad day To the same place, the same face, the same brute Amused shout:

‘A miracle!’ That knocks me out. There is a charge

For the eyeing of my scars, there is a charge For the hearing of my heart—— It really goes.

And there is a charge, a very large charge For a word or a touch Or a bit of blood

Or a piece of my hair or my clothes. So, so, Herr Doktor. So, Herr Enemy.

I am your opus, I am your valuable, The pure gold baby

That melts to a shriek. I turn and burn. Do not think I underestimate your great concern.

Ash, ash— You poke and stir. Flesh, bone, there is nothing there——

A cake of soap, A wedding ring, A gold filling.

Herr God, Herr Lucifer Beware Beware.

Out of the ash I rise with my red hair And I eat men like air.

A representative selection of verse by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who left in the wake of her personal tragedy a legacy of poems that combine terrifying intensity and dazzling artistry. With their brutally frank self-exposure and emotional immediacy, Plath’s poems, from "Lady Lazarus" to "Daddy," have had an enduring influence on contemporary poetry. READ more here:

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