"The Boot in the Face": The Problem of the Holocaust in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath

  title={"The Boot in the Face": The Problem of the Holocaust in the Poetry of Sylvia Plath},
  author={Al Strangeways and Sylvia Plath},
  journal={Contemporary Literature},
whole oeuvre is frequently and superficially viewed as somehow "tainted" by the perceived egoism of her deployment of the Holocaust in these poems. Such straightforward condemnation, however, disguises the difficulties surrounding any judgment of Plath's treatment of this material-difficulties which are clearly exhibited by the respected critic George Steiner, who in 1965 applauded "Daddy" as "The 'Guernica' of modern poetry" ("Dying" 330), yet later, in 1969, declared that the extreme nature… Expand
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