LarenasLanguage of a Broken Mind: Suicidal Poetic Techniques and Dramatic Dialogue in
Gabriel Nicolás Larenas Rosa
This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary--Sylvia Plath in “The Moon and the Yew Tree”
is a play of agony. A thread. The exhausting, ill-tempered world of suicide.
A play to think about killing yourself.
is a claustrophobic dark-room andit doesn’t allow anyone to go out until the curtains are opened. Curtains which might be as wellarm-flesh; the rope to the neck; breath to mouth.Kane masters her
by the use of poetic writing techniques. These are used toconstruct a very specific type of dramatic existentialist dialogue. Given that the critics argue that
is more of a poetic work than a theater play, the following paper will analyze
the juxtaposition of poetry and dramatic dialogue in this play, so as to understand it as a visual play.Its studies why the purpose of this dramatic-poetic writing is to achieve a dense psychological,suicidal, atmosphere. The main objective is to explore how
creates its owndramatic structure so as to create a psychological dialogue through its poetic means. It willconsider, so as to read its psychological meanings, how the play refers to
B.A on Literature and Aesthetics, from the Catholic University of Chile, and currently obtening a Master’sdegree inCultural Studies and Gender at the Arcis University of Chile.
To think of suicide is exhausting. As a formal process, it has the weight of a final action be remembered by.
(Note I wrte at the time I’m revising this paper) It has been over a year since I worked with Sarah Kane’s play. Thiswould not be a complete text without me giving any signs of how much this text demanded from me, and how muchI mentally suffered, even in joy, doing this. I wrote this paper as my final seminar to obtain my B.A in EnglishLiterature. I was 25 years old. I had previously suffered from depression myself; but at the time I had agreeddepression is immanent, some are more articulated than others, and it is not a direct interference with the moments of happyness. I decided to work with this play because of its seductive literary doom. Because it was explicit. Deathlyand unique. It did provoke me a breakdown, and that is something I would like people to pay attention on. Workingwith these kind of literary subjects, if you truly love writing, affects your daily life, affects your sleeping, it gets intoevery nerve. This is not a symptom that something is wrong. It is a good notice that you are becoming passionateabout your research object. Sadly, univesirties and institutions will not even care. Working with Kane and finishingthe paper is surviving Kane. Surviving on your own. Without the help of anybody.
Thinking basicly of psychosis as a psychiatric condition of those who loose contact with reality