Metaphors Analysis in Sylvia Plath's Poem Essay

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Metaphors Analysis in Sylvia Plath's Poem

In Sylvia Plath’s poem, Metaphors, she uses striking imagery to explore her ambivalent attitudes about pregnancy. For example, she uses a negative metaphor saying she is an elephant, meaning she thinks that she has become very fat since she got pregnant. On the other hand, she uses a positive metaphor saying the baby is precious, meaning although pregnancy has its down sides it has got a few good sides like the baby.

The number nine features a lot throughout the poem. For instance the title, Metaphors, has nine letters in it; there are nine lines; there are nine syllables in each line; there are nine months of pregnancy and there are nine letters in
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Also, the words “strolling” and “tendrils” give the reader an image of a woman, who’s really obese, who has small legs that you can hardly see, plus she can’t walk properly because she is weighed down by all her fat and they might collapse at any second.

In the first three lines the feeling is very negative, yet in line four the feeling becomes much more positive because she starts talking about her baby. When the narrator says “O red fruit” she is saying that the baby is really precious to her like a red fruit. Also, the narrator says the baby is like “ivory” which is very precious and it’s a light material. It is elephant’s tusks as well; this is a very effective image because she compares herself to an elephant so the baby is like her tusks. And “fine timbers” is like the baby’s structure because it is very fragile.

In the fifth line the mood changes yet again to negative because the narrator starts talking abut herself more. When she says “this loaf’s big with its yeasty rising” the reader gets an image of her stomach growing bigger and bigger without stopping like yeast in a loaf of bread.

In line six the narrator says “money’s new-minted in this fat purse”, the start of the sentence, which is a positive metaphor, she is saying that the baby is brand new, important and that it is precious like money. In contrast, “fat purse” is a negative metaphor because
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