Cinderella Critique

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Editorial and Opinion  |  House: Booksie Classic
My opinion of CInderella by Sylvia Plath.

Submitted: October 29, 2008

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The prince leans to the girl in scarlet heels,
Her green eyes slant, hair flaring in a fan
Of silver as the rondo slows; now reels
Begin on tilted violins to span

The whole revolving tall glass palace hall
Where guests slide gliding into light like wine;
Rose candles flicker on the lilac wall
Reflecting in a million flagons' shine,

And glided couples all in whirling trance
Follow holiday revel begun long since,
Until near twelve the strange girl all at once
Guilt-stricken halts, pales, clings to the prince

As amid the hectic music and cocktail talk
She hears the caustic ticking of the clock.

Sylvia Plath

 

With this poem, you can really imagine the cocktail party, and Cinderella dancing with the prince.  Sylvia Plath uses a lot of description in every stanza, so that you can create a short clip in your mind. Also, she uses a lot of strong vocabulary in the poem, so you have to have a dictionary beside you when you read most of her poems. In this poem, Sylvia Plath tells the story of Cinderella differently. Instead of a ball, there is a cocktail party.

 

Sylvia Plath’s idea was not very original, but the quality of the content makes up for it. When I finished reading this poem, I couldn’t help feeling that this poem was incomplete. Even though I know what happens next, I would have liked to know how Sylvia Plath would have written it.


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