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Comment 12 of 132, added on February 27th, 2007 at 5:57 AM.
This poem was ultimately an example of Sylvia Plath's life. She felt "boxed
up" and trapped and the final line speaks of how she views suicide as an
escape. What several of you have said about the "government control" is
very intelligent and kudos to you for noticing it. However, I don't
personally think that Sylvia was thinking about government control when she
wrote the poem, in fact, through-out most of her poetry she appears rather
Matt from Australia
Comment 11 of 132, added on January 7th, 2006 at 7:17 PM.
This poem is truely an amazing insight into the workings of a tormented
mind. She describes in graphic detail her inner torment which threaten to
overwhelm her like a ''Roman Mob''. I feel the poem shows how deep the
poets depression actually was and even though she acknowledges her control
over her thoughts (''I am the owner'') in the end she describes the box as
''only temporary'' which perhaps shows that the poet was already
contemplating suicide. Deep down she knew that her demons would eventually
killian from Ireland
Comment 10 of 132, added on November 25th, 2005 at 12:01 PM.
Try reading the poem from end to start. It makes sense just as much as it
does the normal way.
Shilpa from India
Comment 9 of 132, added on October 16th, 2005 at 11:54 AM.
i've been studying this poem for my gcse drama exam! i think its fantastic!
it talks about so much! it goes into so much depth about so many different
things. obviously it shows how emotional she still is over her father, but
it also shows power of people over others, and not only that, but power
over the world! For our final exam, we have used this to show the woman
resembling our goverment, and the bee's resembling us, How were all
trapped in one community and how it's up to us to make a difference by
working together, but to also show the goverments power over us, they
provide us with everything we need, but if they slip up once, we get
damage! but in the end, it's only temperary because they're just people,
just like us! i hope everyone else can also see this! sylvia plath is an
amazing poet! its nice to know she's appreciated by so many!
from United Kingdom
Comment 8 of 132, added on October 11th, 2005 at 12:14 PM.
i think this poem is a wonderful way of talking about power. it has been a
very useful poem as it has contributed to my drama practical exam on power.
emmy vics from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 132, added on October 9th, 2005 at 10:17 AM.
i think this poem is great it realy makes you think it could show how mad
her mind is but i think it has a deeper meaning in it that no one will find
sammy lou from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 132, added on June 9th, 2005 at 9:53 AM.
I think Natasha's comment was a little ridiculous, who is she to say what a
poet should write about, she has cleary stated that she is not one herself!
I think this is an excellent poem. I think people look at it as just a bee
box too much, i feel Plath is using the bee box to describe what is going
on in her own head, as if the bee box is her mind! Chaotic and almost
dangerous! I love the way the tone changes half way through and she becomes
so powerful "they can die, i need feed them nothing, i am the owner." I
agree with Brittany and Lenore, i also think the poem has a lot to do with
her fathers death! He was an entomologist and he had written a standard
work on bees called 'bumblebees and their ways'.
Ali from Ireland
Comment 5 of 132, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 12:22 PM.
Her father was a professor of German and Biology. His specialty was bees.
Bravo to Brittany for noticing the damage of her fathers death.
from United States
Comment 4 of 132, added on January 17th, 2005 at 11:55 AM.
this poem in my opinion reflects her deepest feelings towards her inner
feelings.she says"i have to live with it overnight"as if it is her feeling
she has to live with her deep depression is deeply expressed in this poem.
Comment 3 of 132, added on November 15th, 2004 at 9:30 PM.
Perhaps the poem seemed stupid only because you have to look deeper than
the words. While this and her other poems about bees tried to have an
optimistic outlook, this poem seemed to have reflected on emotional damage
from her father's death. The poem opens with "I ordered this", perhaps
giving an outlook on again, power and control. There is "no exit", for the
bees or the keeper of the box. Political connotations, relating to the
"Roman mob" and African being exported "shrunk for export". Ahhh, too much
analysis, I'll write more some other time.
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