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“Lady Lazarus” is a confessional poem written by Sylvia Plath in 1962. The poem is “confessional” partly in the sense that the poem reflects real-life bouts with mental illness and suicidal ideation that Plath herself experienced. But it’s also confessional in terms of its style, which is characterized by directness and naked honesty. Though written in 1962, the poem wasn’t published until after Plath’s death, in the 1965 volume titled Ariel. Along with the other poems in this collection, “Lady Lazarus” helped secure Plath’s reputation as a major American poet of the 20th century.

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