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'Metaphors' by Sylvia Plath - critical review.

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Introduction

Metaphors The poem 'metaphors' by Sylvia Plath deals with strong issues of pregnancy. The poem was written when she was pregnant. She wrote about her mixed feelings and emotions. The poem itself is a metaphor. In the word 'metaphor' there are nine letters. There are nine lines, and nine syllables in every line. Apparently there are also nine months of pregnancy. Each line is a metaphor and each line represents different stages of pregnancy. Line nine "Boarded the train there's no getting off" suggest that it is inevitable. There is no turning back. She has no control over her future. She is going through the firstly month of pregnancy and so fears about the outcome. It's also a humorous line because "no getting off" in colloquial terms means they'll be no sex for a while. Line eight represents the second month of pregnancy. "I've eaten a bag of green apples". "Bag of green apples" could suggest lumpiness, perhaps she is starting to feel the weight of the baby. ...read more.

Middle

"Oh, red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!" The words such as "red fruit" suggests that the baby is almost fully developed, as for when most fruits turn red, they are ready to be eaten. Red represents blood, which could imply that blood is circulating around, in the baby. Red also is the colour of danger. It's a warning that giving birth is also very risky. The word 'ivory' is used to represent bones, of the baby. Ivory is also very precious, just like a child is to its mother. Notice that there is a sudden exclamation mark. Perhaps it is there to express that it is definite that the baby is developing and she cannot wait till the process is over. Exclamation mark makes the poem sound exciting and a big issue. It is used to express the feelings. I think it also increases the pace of the poem, to represent that the baby is developing fast. ...read more.

Conclusion

It is written from first- hand experience, and therefore it is realistic. It is well detailed about ones feelings and emotions during the nine month of pregnancy. It also stirs our feelings. I especially like line six: "Money's new- minted in this fat purse". That's a very interesting way to describe this stage of the pregnancy. I would say the poem is very dramatic, because the whole poem is a metaphor which makes it sound exciting. I think she is speaking directly to the reader because she talks to us about her feelings deep down. The first line captured my interest: "I'm a riddle in nine syllables." I was thinking to myself what the poem is about. I noticed that it had nine lines and nine syllables in each line. At first I was confused. I found it quite difficult to understand because the feelings and attitude change in each line. The poet was being very emotional. After understanding the poem, I had pleasure in re- reading the poem several times and approving it. I now know how one feels when they are going through the nine month pregnancy. ...read more.

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