What my Mother Never Told Me about Birth
Flowers, Jessica Ann
West, Robert M.
Sylvia Plath utilizes confessional poetry to subvert traditional gender roles and provide commentary on the expectations of those positions in both the domestic and social spheres. I argue that Plath uses the mother-figure and her relationship to children in order to exploit this role, and in the distance that she places between the two, she provides a new role for the female speaker. I also discuss my own poetry’s use of the mother-figure. In the second part of my thesis, I explore this and other feminine concerns through poetry.