The IUP Journal of English Studies
Of Conception and Confession: A Comparative Analysis of Kamala Das and Sylvia Plath

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Pub. Date : March, 2020
Product Name : The IUP Journal of English Studies
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJES22003
Author Name : Ritushree Sengupta
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Subject/Domain : Arts & Humanities
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No. of Pages : 08



Sylvia Plath, one of the most brilliant American confessional poets, deals with her dreams and demons with a fiercely creative spirit in her poems. Kamala Das, regarded as the mother of modern Indian English poetry, is equally outstanding in her fearless expression of sensitive themes such as physical love, patriarchal domination, body of woman, and her trapped soul. This paper makes a comparative analysis of the two poets who are distinctively different from each other in terms of their social, religious, and cultural backgrounds and yet are so similar in various ways that a parallel reading of them opens up certain unexplored avenues as regards their poetical works.


The concept of eulogizing oriental women by harping on their distinctive ability to blend tradition and modernity, a much celebrated trope of identity formation in the name of nation and nationality, in the late nineteenth century Indian society, specifically Bengal, emerged with the concept of the bhadra-mohila, a chastised educated domestic figure who could be placed on the same level with her European counterparts. However, the idea of womanhood before independence and after the epoch has been visibly different, the faithful representation of which can be traced in the genre of poetry. With the flush of nationalistic ideas, the popular poetry written by both male and female poets, and the genre itself, became hyped with similar patterns of traditional outpourings:


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