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Poem Date Context Summary, Themes & arguments

Spinster 1956 Written in the same year that Plath met Ted Hughes. This poem may represent the other A woman, whilst courting a man, realises how disorganised love can be, shuts
path she could have taken when she met him, rather than…

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Nick and The October Written at the time of the Cuban Missile crisis and the cold war the danger of the atomic Carrying the flame of optimism. Religious references to Nick being a saviour,
Candlestick 1962 bomb. Nuclear weapons testing began in 1945 and weapons were tested in the air…


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