not characterized by the same sense of cultural mission that marks Trilogy.
It is the personal and profoundly ambivalent battle with the Word of the Father that Plath and Sexton inherit from Dickinson, as the next chapter will demonstrate. For the confessionalists, the paternal authority of the text remained strong. Coupled with the individual agon in confessional poetry, however, are strategies also reminiscent of H. D.'s biblical revision. Two cornerstones of H. D.'s biblical revision resurface in Plath's work in particular: the strategic collage of mythologies and the focus on the Virgin. Although Plath was profoundly influenced by the masculine literary canon, the biblical revision of both of these feminine precursors provides a crucial interpretive framework for a reading of the search for a Word of the Mother in Plath's and Sexton's poetry.
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Publication information: Book title: Rewriting the Word:American Women Writers and the Bible. Contributors: Amy Benson Brown - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 61.
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