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Comment 19 of 133, added on March 25th, 2010 at 4:30 PM.
Her thoughts in "The Arrival of the Bee Box" are quite uneasy and call for
an ephemeral entrance into the world of imagination. Carefully constructed
cadence is made in order that a fancy-like thought might be inculcated. Her
mind (box) is copiously replete with predicamental situation (bees)
,enforcing her to unravel howsoever. But, at the same time, a fear of
disclosing such oscillating hallucinations is thwarting her. Her 'Bee
Poems', some critics opine, reflect her staunch support for "Feminism". In
bees' way of living, all is reigned by queen-bee. Her idea of victimisation
incessantly haunts her in such mail dominated society. As David, or maybe
someone else, asked whether it was a high time for Plath to commit suicide
when there wasn't any sort of restrictions on "expression thoughts freely"
? Certainly! Definithly! America was not America of today! But this was, in
actual, never a core cause of her untimely suicidal act which in nothing
but an aftermath of pessimism. Lash is quite right in dealing with Carley
who just seems more perplexed than Plath :-)
We may easily distinguish her poetry from of the Renaissance.
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Comment 18 of 133, added on May 29th, 2009 at 12:45 AM.
The poem means nothing? Except what you think it means? Carly from
Australia I think you need to re-evaluate your understanding of creative
writing. You do realise that your first: the poem means nothing contradicts
the next statement: except what you think it means. Sylvia Plath would have
written the poem with a purpose, even if you don’t agree with her purpose
and get a different meaning there is always a meaning to everything because
once something is written the meaning can be changed. You maybe should have
written that; ‘The poems meaning is whatever you want it to be.’
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Comment 17 of 133, added on May 22nd, 2009 at 1:06 AM.
Whilst we must take into consideration that Plath's father was a beekeeper
and at one stage she herself kept bees, I think Plath is using the 'beebox'
as a metaphor for her psychological state. "The box is locked, it is
dangerous.." This is a reference to her mental state; she finds it
difficult to face her thoughts as they are usually morbid and constantly
debating whether or not she is living up to hers and others expectations.
The rest of the poem follows the same tone. She is discussing her mental
state and what would happen if she let her 'morbid' thoughts rule her, "If
I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree."
The final line of the poem is harrowing and shows she will finally allow
her suicidal thoughts to dictate her life choices, "The box is only
Comment 16 of 133, added on May 22nd, 2009 at 1:06 AM.
This poem means nothing, except for what you think it means. One of the
impressions I get is that she is satirically personifying political leaders
of her time, emotionlessly wondering "how hungry they are," then returning
to think of her own ego: "I wonder if they would forget me." The final line
is like a warning, as if she reverts finally to her own true voice: "The
box is only temporary:" People will break free from Cold War
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Comment 15 of 133, added on May 21st, 2009 at 5:09 AM.
From first looking at the poem, I make the connection between "Bee box" and
her father studying bees. I think this poem is all about the inevitability
and unavoidablility of death. She alludes to people of all walks and times
of life (Africans, Romans) and this shows that death is the ultimate thing
that humans have in common. She also makes comment on how she and society
tries to control death, even though attempting this is completey
irrational: "The box is only temporary". Her own inability to control death
is shown "Tomorrow I will be sweet God". Tomorrow never comes, if you think
about it. She will never have ultimate power. The idea of death and suicide
being a taboo is shown in the second stanza: "Square as a chair and almost
too heavy to lift" and "The box is locked, it is dangerous". She is haunted
by death, as she attempted to take her life before: "I have to live with it
overnight/ And I can't keep away from it". The fact that she says she can't
stay away from it, not the other way around, tells me that she is alluding
to suicide here.
Just my initial thoughts, even though they may not make sense!
Comment 14 of 133, added on October 6th, 2007 at 3:28 PM.
Plath muses about suicide, she speaks about setting her thoughts free,
playing ‘sweet God’ with her own life. Although as she says ‘tomorrow’ I
sense that she is not yet ready for this huge step.
Whilst suicide might not be her first option right now she does acknowledge
that ‘The box is only temporary‘ and that death will ultimately be the only
way to escape this ‘box of maniacs’
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