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Explore Plath's thoughts about fear, power and death in two of her poems, 'Medallion' and 'The Arrival of the Bee Box'.

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English Coursework Task: Explore Plath's thoughts about fear, power and death in two of her poems, `Medallion' and `The Arrival of the Bee Box'. `Medallion' is a poem about a snake that has been killed. There is a lot of description of the snake, some of which is not pleasant, this makes it a very visual poem with lots of imagery. Plath is not morbid about the death of the snake nut she uses it as her inspiration. The title, `Medallion' links in with the content of the first stanza `The Arrival of the Bee Box' is a poem more about mystery and intrigue. Elements of fear and danger are also evident. The box is possibly a metaphor, which concerns a potentially destructive chaos that the poet senses within herself. ...read more.

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There is also repeating of words `Its dark, dark' this enhances the meaning of the word, it seems to get more powerful the second time you say it. The title, `Medallion' links in with the content of the first stanza `The bronze snake lay in the sun' because medallions can be made out of bronze and are usually given as a prize for reaching a goal. In this case touching the snake, this goal would never have been achieved if the snake had still been alive. One is often only in control when the product of fear is dead. Here she conquers her fear and a whole new world opens up. There are other images of the snake, `Inert as a shoelace' we don't really notice shoelaces but we know they are there like we don't notice snakes because they are camouflaged but we know they are there. ...read more.

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Appalls is a stronger word that hate so she obviously doe not like the droning on of the bees. She also talks about setting them free `how can I let them out?' and `I wonder if they would forget me'. She doesn't like the noise and `She has simply ordered a box of maniacs' so she wants to get them away from her and let them out into the wild. Overall both of these poems are very descriptive and grasp the attention of the reader throughout. `Medallion' is a very visual poem and has some hidden meanings whereas `The Arrival of the Bee Box' is not as descriptive but contains more hidden meanings and is a poem which you have to read in depth and think about to understand it fully. ...read more.

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