The speaker also tells her lover that when she closes her eyes, death and destruction loom, but when she opens them, all has been reborn. I should have loved a thunderbird instead; At least when spring comes they roar back again. Fixed verse means, quite logically, that the form which the poem takes is fixed, pre-scribed, in contrast to free verse form which has no guidelines on rhyme or length. After graduated from Smith College, she became an American poet, novelist, and short-story writer. It now consists out of two refrains and two repeating rhymes. She is again forced to wonder if their love ever really existed in the first place. The dark is arbitrary, indiscriminate … and the world around continues to interfere with the high … galloping horses invade rather than a screeching car.
Plath's narrator is shutting her eyes, letting the world drop dead and as a consequence it is losing its religion.
Literary Criticism:“Mad Girl’s Love Song” by Sylvia Plath
Both the first and the third line of the first tercet a three line stanza are repeated alternately until the last stanza, a quatrain a four line stanza which has both lines. Here, Plath plays with the concepts of light and dark. This stanza seems to insinuate that all is completely lost. Overall, I think it's an absolutely stunning poem. In this first stanza we're introduced to the lines that will be repeated throughout the poem. A villanelle typically has a very basic rhyme scheme, with only two rhymes in the entire poem, although Plath takes several liberties with this.