'the Glass Jar' by Gwen Harwood and 'Ariel' by Sylvia Plath Speech

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So we ask ourselves, how does poetry gain its power? To answer this question, we examine the work of poets Harwood and Plath. ‘The Glass Jar’, composed by Gwen Harwood portrays its message through the emotions of a young child, while the poem ‘Ariel’, written by Sylvia Plath, makes effective use of emotions to convey artistic creativity and inspiration.
Through my personal reading of Harwood’s poem ‘The Glass Jar’, I view it as an examination of maturation – the inevitable change driven by painful experience. The title itself is symbolic of the fragility of childhood and innocence. The author believes that the destruction of the young child’s naïve, beautiful world of ‘field and flower’ is inevitable. She believes that his simplistic,
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Restrictions on the creative thinking process are represented by the metaphor of ‘hooks’. These hooks are then transformed into shadows, signifying liberation from these restrictions, by ‘something else’ in the metaphysical world of creativity. The persona indicates that she has become unified with the horse, and also her creativity through the line ‘flakes from my heels’.
The darkness of the start of the poem is later contrasted with words such as ‘white’, ‘wheat’ and ‘glitter’. Plath states, ‘I unpeel… dead hands, dead stringencies’, meaning that she is breaking free of her conscious unimaginative self, and connecting with her creative sub conscience. She emphasises how quickly she is extricating herself and hurdling towards artistic creativity with the imagery of an ‘arrow’. She also describes herself as ‘the dew that flies suicidal’, implying that her conscious self has died and surrendered to creativity.
Under my feminist reading, I see the poem as an attempt by the poet to exist as an independent autonomist woman by rejecting the traditional patriarchal ideology that women were subjected to at the time. Plath begins the poem with the line ‘stasis in darkness’, symbolic of the fact that women at the time were trapped in the darkness of patriarchal society. She uses the term ‘God’s lioness’ as a reversal of gender expectations to show her support for the rise of feminism.
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