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[Plath's comments on the Ariel poems, from a typescript she prepared for a radio broadcast that was never delivered:]
"These new poems of mine have one thing in common. They were all written at about four in the morning -- that still, blue, almost eternal hour before cockcrow, before the baby's cry, before the glassy music of the milkman, settling his bottles. . . . [in "Lady Lazarus"] The speaker is a woman who has the great and terrible gift of being reborn. The only trouble is, she has to die first. She is the phoenix, the libertarian spirit, what you will. She is also just a good, plain, very resourceful woman. . . . [about "Daddy"] Here is a poem spoken by a girl with an Electra complex. Her father died while she thought he was God. Her case is complicated by the fact that her father was also a Nazi and her mother very possibly part Jewish. In the daughter the two strains marry and paralyze each other -- she has to act out the awful little allegory once over before she is free of it."
[quoted in The New Poets, by M.L. Rosenthal (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1967), pp. 81-82]


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