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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,

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Metaphors Analysis 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 number nine features a lot throughout the poem. For instance the title, Metaphors, has nine letters in it; there are nine lines; there are nine syllables in each line; there are nine months of pregnancy and there are nine letters in pregnancy. Also, the poem is written in 1st person to express and explore the narrator's feelings. The narrator has a range of feelings such as positive because she is going to have a baby e.g. ...read more.

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legs that you can hardly see, plus she can't walk properly because she is weighed down by all her fat and they might collapse at any second. In the first three lines the feeling is very negative, yet in line four the feeling becomes much more positive because she starts talking about her baby. When the narrator says "O red fruit" she is saying that the baby is really precious to her like a red fruit. Also, the narrator says the baby is like "ivory" which is very precious and it's a light material. It is elephant's tusks as well; this is a very effective image because she compares herself to an elephant so the baby is like her tusks. And "fine timbers" is like the baby's structure because it is very fragile. In the fifth line the mood changes yet again to negative because the narrator starts talking abut herself more. ...read more.

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When she says "a stage" she means it is just a stage in the baby's life. In line eight the narrator says "I've eaten a bag of green apples" this shows that she has a craving like some pregnant women do. You can tell this because people wouldn't normally eat a whole bag of green apples. The last line is a very dramatic way to end a poem and it basically sums up what it is like being pregnant. "Boarded the train there's no getting off" this is the ninth line and it represents the ninth month when the baby is being born. Also, she is saying that she has gone too far so there's no going back. This is a negative line; however, it could also be seen as being positive because she could be saying that she is determined to care and love her baby for the rest of her life. Overall, I think Sylvia Plath's use of imagery to depict pregnancy is brilliant because it gives the reader an effective image of the narrator's feelings. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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