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Mad Girl's Love Song Summary & Analysis
by Sylvia Plath

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"Mad Girl's Love Song" is a villanelle written by the American poet Sylvia Plath in 1953, when Plath was in her third year at Smith College. As its title suggests, the poem deals with themes of both heartbreak and mental illness. The speaker laments a lost love even as she repeatedly suggests that this love was simply a figment of her imagination all along. That said, as with much of Plath's poetry, the poem's meaning is ultimately open to interpretation. "Mad Girl's Love Song" was officially published in the August 1953 issue of the women's magazine Mademoiselle. Plath herself battled with mental illness throughout her short life, and died by suicide at the age of 30.

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