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Explore The Way Plath Presents Nature and The Natural World In The Poem "Tulips".

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´╗┐Explore The Way Plath Presents Nature and The Natural World In The Poem Tulips: At the very start of the poem Sylvia tends to express the fact that nature is too overwhelming ?the tulips are too excitable? by using personification. The tulips are out of place and do not suit the atmosphere. She relates them with children because they, like children are often too excitable which is ironic because she just had a miscarriage. She also relates them too herself, because they, like her are too out of place. She sees them as a threat, the tulips are almost heart shaped, reminding her of life. In the second paragraph ?impossible to tell how many there are? she sees this as being positive because they are identity-less, just as she is. ...read more.


In the 6th stanza Plath presents nature as something threatening ?the tulips are too red? ?they hurt me? she tells us how uncomfortable they make her feel and how they distress her. At the end of the 6th stanza she complains how she is being dragged back to reality, being reminded of her family and life?s presence, something she desperately does not want. In the 7th stanza Plath uses personification to show the sense of threat she feels ?now I am watched?. She describes the tulips as if they are watching her ?the tulips turn to me?. Plath uses the adjective ?flat? and ?ridiculous? to describe her because she feels worthless because she has had a miscarriage she feels no good to anyone, like she has let herself down. ...read more.


?being bars like dangerous animals? and describes how she feels they are going to tear her apart ?like the mouth of some great African cat? as if the tulips are going to devour her. Describing her heart as ?it opens and closes? shows it reminds her of her heart and pulse, signifying that she is alive, which upsets her. Towards the end of the poem her words become very emotional ?taste is warm and salt, like the sea?. She is crying, she knows she is not well mentally which gives a negative note for the end of the poem. To conclude, the poem ?Tulips? shows us that Plath deals with nature in a negative way. She uses nature to express the sorrow that she feels. Constantly creating imagery using nature but in a negative way ...read more.

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