Looked at this way, the poem revels in contrast. The conflict and confusion between the duty of a mother and feeling of individuality is a notable theme of this short poem. Or did she fear that the child would be exploited somehow? Some may also argue that it means that, like a calf begins to grow on its own outside the mother's body, this child too will grow on its own once it is born. Reference to Sylvia Plath is constant where poetry and the conditions of its present existence are discussed. This somewhat bleak conclusion further implies the anxiety felt by Plath during her pregnancy. I disagree on the last line.
Little Fugue by Sylvia Plath is my first example of how we all perceive our different relationships. Implied Metaphor Some metaphors are more difficult to detect than others, especially when they do not involve a comparison between two nouns. Two tendrils, and two legs. There is no way out for her. She brilliantly takes an unpleasant wonderful miracle to make one realize that some miracles have pain and suffering but the fruit you receive from it is the gift of life. Does that mean they're unripe, unlike red apples? Structure While this poem is written in free verse, it is nonetheless highly structured.
The final lines seem to break away from the rest of the poem and have a tone of darkness. It's hard work being a mom, and it was even harder when the glass ceiling wasn't even close to being busted. How's that for a sweeping generalization? She feels that has become simply a vessel, whose only worth is carrying this child. The motherhood could set a boundary on her bright future in literary works. GradeSaver, 4 January 2012 Web. In a deeper sense it is possible that the poet has another type of gestation in her mind besides the literal one. Each line is a metaphor and each line represents different stages of pregnancy.
Through symbols and metaphors S. And that result will be the birth of a child. Riddles are not easily figured out and need careful consideration to find the meaning. There is no fundamental difference among the creators and the pain of gestation. Financial circumstances forced the Plath family to move to Wellesley, Massachusetts, where Aurelia Plath taught advanced secretarial studies at Boston University. All that the mother describes is her physical appearance, not what's really important like her daughters feelings and personality which makes the daughter sound plain and as if she has no soul, or personality to her, no structure. It examines the aesthetics, effects, and implications of motherhood.
Plath uses handily crafted metaphors to convey her feelings about pregnancy. I, too, thought that her view of pregnancy was unrealistically negative, and that of herself overly damning. Exclamation mark makes the poem sound exciting and a big issue. Hopefully the mother will keep her inherent value and not feel as if she were simply a carrier, a vessel - once the child is born the mother won't feel empty or worthless. Note that when Sylvia left home for England she was a carefree vivacious young girl.
Gone is the comical sense of the heavy, slow moving caricatured mother, with swollen belly and thin legs. Anyone who ate a bag full of apples would undoubtedly find themselves bloated and uncomfortable. Her sophisticated combination of wordplay and imagery illustrates powerful negative emotions and gives clear reasons for her desire of the revenge. I agree with Ambrosia, but that is precisely what makes Plath so great — she embodies the perfect paradox, beautiful misery. Introduction Metaphors The poem 'metaphors' by Sylvia Plath deals with strong issues of pregnancy. What is the destiny of a calf? Apparently there are also nine months of pregnancy. The pregnancy of a mother, of a poet, of a writer, of a dramatist, of a musician, of an artist is the same.
If accepted, your analysis will be added to this page of American Poems. However, this is not your typical metaphor because it might be better described as a personification: Although the mirror is being likened -- that is, compared -- to a human, it is more significant that the mirror is given human attributes: The mirror is truthful, mediates, observes, and is faithful. I can see why she killed herself. Secondly I looked at it like the bag of apples was the actual baby itself, being heavy and lumpy. The poem itself is a metaphor. The house introduces the idea of safety, of domestic space, the cosy home. First, is the reference to the number of syllables.
Ivory is also very precious, just like a child is to its mother. At her brutal best—and Plath is a brutal poet—she taps a source of power that transforms her poetic voice into a raving avenger of womanhood and innocence. Metaphors by Sylvia Plath: Critical Analysis The poem 'Metaphors' by Sylvia Plath is a lyric poem where she uses the metaphors to create a riddle as she states in line one. I see it as a humorous way of looking at a normal, albeit at times inconveniently bulky, human condition. The reader is teasingly challenged to figure out these clues, realising that the metaphors have This strong metaphor compares the narrator to the elephant who feels their fate is death.