Confessional Poetry in the Light of Psychoanalytic Theory with Special Reference to Sylvia Plath

Tanu Gupta, Anju Bala Sharma


Confessional poetry is an expression of personality and never escape from it. The personal life of the poet under the stress of psychological crisis, sex, family life, private humiliation and psychological state of mind are the major concerns in this kind of poetry. The expression of personal pain has been regarded as the hallmark of confessional poetry. It chiefly deals with personal experiences, trauma, depression, psychological break-down and the relationships articulated through a new kind of rhythm and mode of expression. Psychoanalysis acts both as a means of self-analysis and as a literacy device. It enables consideration of the poet not only in terms of the straightforward narration of his/her life, but also in relation to his/her poetic language and the process of creativity. Hence, in order to study the confessional poetry psychoanalytic literary approach objectively plays a significant role.


Confessional poetry, Electra complex and Psychoanalysis.

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