METAPHORS –SYLVIA PLATH I'm a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf's big with its yeasty rising. Money's new-minted in this fat purse. I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf. I've eaten a bag of green apples, Boarded the train there's no getting off. Sylvia’s Plath’s “Metaphors” is about a woman feeling insignificant during the midst of her pregnancy. Striking imagery is used to explore
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
relationship with her father. Plath uses symbols of Nazis, vampires, size, and communication to help reveal a message about her dad. In Plath’s poem she frequently uses figurative language about Nazis and the Holocaust. Plath depicts herself as a victim by saying she is like a Jew, and her father is like a Nazi. Plath uses a train engine as a metaphor for her father speaking the German Language, and also to depict herself as a victimized Jew being taken away to a concentration camp.
Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar The works of Sylvia Plath have always been at least slightly controversial; most of them have themes of feminism, suicide, or depression. Plath was born in 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts, and by the age of twelve she was reported to have had an IQ of about 160 (Kelly). Growing up in an age in which women were expected to be nothing more than conservative housemaids, Plath stood defiant against the views of society, choosing to expose any misogynistic prejudices or hateful
be of a negative nature with war, death and the problem of patriarchal societies as such topics. One of Plath's most famous pieces of poetry is Daddy. The poem focuses on Plath's father, a man who left her at an early age resulting in a burning hatred on her behalf for him. Daddy is an example of Plath's dark and gloomy work and also displays her common poetic devices of vivid imagery, metaphors, similes and irregularity throughout her poems. Ideally everybody deserves to grow up with two living
would have to strip parts of their identity in order to conform to the societal, patriarchal expectations of the time (Thomson, 2013). Gwen Harwood's poem 'Suburban Sonnet' and Sylvia Plath's 'The Applicant' give insight into the disenfranchisement of women of this era. This essay will argue that Harwood's and Plath's poems both challenge the romanticism associated with marriage, consequently exploiting the underlying societal hardship and conformity as a result of the patriarchy. To support this overarching
gassing herself. Hughes was seen responsible for his wife’s suicide and did not write for years as he focused on promoting Plaths’ poetry. Plath’s importance in his life is shown through the allusion to her both explicitly and implicitly through in poems like, ‘Daffodils’, ‘Wind’, and ‘The Blue Flannel Suit’. Hughes uses linguistic devices such as imagery, metaphor and simile to symbolise Plath within his writing. Hughes alludes to Plath and her mental state through his use of linguistic devices.
Poetry Explication of Sylvia Plath’s “Mirror” The first thing one can notice in Sylvia Plath’s poem “Mirror” (rpt. In Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 9th ed. [Boston: Wadsworth, 2006] 680) is that the speaker in the poem is the mirror and the woman in the poem is Sylvia Plath. As you read through the poem, the lake is relevant because of the famous mythological story of narcissus. He was extremely beautiful and one day while drinking from a lake
allowing the reader to understand that after losing someone significant, feelings of hopelessness can cloud one’s mind and make it feel seemingly impossible for life to return to normal. Through the artful use of structure, personification, and metaphors, Plath creates a grim poem that represents the intense anguish one may feel after an important figure exits one’s life. To represent feelings of abandonment, Plath chose a villanelle, which is an extremely uniform structure of poetry that requires
release his or her emotions without directly stating how he or she may feel and why. Poets use elements of literature such as metaphors and symbolism to draw the attention of their readers to specific meanings that lie within the poem. For example, Sylvia Plath -a noted poet of the mid-20th century- grossly uses metaphors and symbolism to denote her own emotions. Metaphors grab attention by connecting two opposing components while symbolism is used to convey deeper meaning than the words themselves