A semiotic analysis of Sylvia Plath’s Poem Lady Lazarus underscoring its socio-cultural implications in the twenty-first century.


  • Ajesh C Assistant Professor, Reva University, Bangalore.


Holocaust, Sylvia Plath, Lady Lazarus, semiotic, Analysis, death, circus.


The paper focuses on the well-knownpoem ‘Lady Lazarus’ by Sylvia Plath which is a treasure house of significant and highly evocative imageries from the Holocaust which in linediscussed in a great deal about the subjective experiences of the author. This paper attempts to do a semiotic analysis of the poem and three major imageries are selected to discuss with its twenty-first-century significance as the imageries play a great role in any poems. This paper argues that Plath as a confessional poet wrote this poem based on her personal experiences and she effectively uses every bit of holocaust events that she used as imagery to shed light on her inward feelings and personal struggles and it has ample implications in this twenty-first century.“Lady Lazarus†is a powerful poem with a strong emotional meaning deeper than the peripheral display of words. The paper has focused on bringing the semiotic analysis of the imagery, tone, and symbolism used throughout the poem narrated an intense implication of Sylvia Plath’s words and linking the same to the historical context to shed more light on these with an aim to fathom the meaning intended by the author and its wide implicational avenues for the twenty-first century.


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