Fall Out Boy or Sylvia Plath?

by: EyeMag

Fall Out Boy recently announced a new album, Save Rock and Roll. Whether their morose emo music will single-handedly save rock and roll remains to be seen, but one thing's for sure: their poetic sensibilities could usher in a revival for confessional poetry. With lyrics as cheerless as these, we at The Eye think Sylvia Plath could be ghostwriting for the boys. Four of the following quotes are Fall Out Boy lyrics; four are lines from Plath poems. Can you tell the difference?

  1. 1

    I am God's gift, but why would He bless me with / such wit without a conscience equipped?

  2. 2

    Rueful, most vexed, that tender skin / should accept to fell a wound, / he stamped and cracked stalks to the ground / which had caused his dear girl pain

  3. 3

    Already he can feel daylight, his white disease, / creeping up with her hatful of trivial repetitions

  4. 4

    I just never want to know what meant the world imploded, / inflated, inflated then demoted all my oxygen to product gas

  5. 5

    From the comic accident of birth / to the final grotesque joke of death, / your malady of sacrilegious mirth / spread gay contagion with every clever breath

  6. 6

    Every line is plotted and designed to leave you / standing on your bedroom window's ledge / and everyone else that it hits, that it gets to / is nothing more than collateral damage

  7. 7

    I am a wing, I am a prayer, a thimble, and an acorn: / a promise from a poor apothecary to an understudy in love forlorn

  8. 8

    A scowl of sun struck down my mother, / tolling her grave with golden gongs

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