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Comment 15 of 45, 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 45, 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’
Comment 13 of 45, added on September 9th, 2007 at 7:18 PM.
what do you think is the main mood and tone behind this masterpiece?
Comment 12 of 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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 45, 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
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