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Mad Girl's Love Song, Sylvia Plath

In our creative writing course, we're learning about different poetic forms, and I've been searching for examples. Villanelles, with their repeated refrains, are obsessive, which I can really appreciate. Here's one by Sylvia Plath.

"I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead;
I lift my lids and all is born again.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

The stars go waltzing out in blue and red,
And arbitrary blackness gallops in:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I dreamed that you bewitched me into bed
And sung me moon-struck, kissed me quite insane.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

God topples from the sky, hell's fires fade:
Exit seraphim and Satan's men:
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.

I fancied you'd return the way you said,
But I grow old and I forget your name.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)

I should have loved a thunderbird instead;
At least when spring comes they roar back again.
I shut my eyes and all the world drops dead.
(I think I made you up inside my head.)"

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mme_n_b
Jul. 27th, 2017 03:00 am (UTC)
I love that one.
be_unafraid
Jul. 27th, 2017 03:08 am (UTC)
It turns out I do, too :)
queyntefantasye
Jul. 27th, 2017 04:38 am (UTC)
be_unafraid
Jul. 27th, 2017 04:46 am (UTC)
Now I do!

Thanks :)
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