6290Re: [sylviaplath] RECOVERY IS CONFORMITY
- Jan 22, 2009RECOVERY IS CONFORMITY – a straightforward equation for its time (and even ours):
Nonconformity was/is treated as a "sickness" and broadly considered (though significantly less so now than then) to be a sin, if not an actual crime, against society.
The only "Recovery" from that "sickness" was/is "Conformity," a very bitter pill for one (especially a poet) who does not fit the norm and has no desire to do so.
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In a message dated 22/01/09 15:26:27, jill.pond@... writes:
RECOVERY IS CONFORMITY
Plath wrote this comment in her journal. So what does it mean? It suggests a resignation to the blackness of individual novelty, and its paradoxical heroism.
Epictetus told us to conform to God's will. Suicide, he said, is God sounding the signal of retreat!
But for Plath, there's no God, and no "higher" signal. The rejection of conformity, however, spins in its own glory, till it wakes up to its own pitiless, inexorable logic, grand, but hardly comforting. Or maybe it is comforting? It's real, isn't it? It can't be epiphenomena: how can that coldness be just talk?
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