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Comment 30 of 210, added on May 26th, 2007 at 9:29 PM.
for the sake of god to students:)
The poem Metaphors is written by Sylvia Plath on 20th March 1959. The poem
is about her pregnancy as accepted by many critics, and the whole poem is
full of metaphors, the same as the title of the poem. Firstly on the first
line “The nine syllables” represent the nine months of pregnancy. Each line
having exactly nine syllables and containing nine lines is in reference to
her length of being pregnant. Each line has metaphorical meanings and
symbols. Approximately all words are use of metaphors in the poem the words
which are use of metaphors: riddle, elephant, ponderous horse, melon, two
tendrils, red fruit, fine timbers, this loaf, money, fat purse, means,
stage, a cow in calf, a bag of green apples, the train. That manner shows
us Sylvia Plath intended to write a poem full of metaphors as we understand
from the title and a sense of riddle, joy which surrounds the whole poem.
Elephant and ponderous horse indicates that she feels herself as moving so
slowly with huge stomach. “Red fruit, ivory and fine timbers.” creates the
feeling of how beautiful and special either she is feeling towards herself
and the baby. Melons on the third line represents the fetus that is
strolling on two tendrils, furthermore tendrils reminds the reader ovaries
of a woman. Also on the fourth line “The big loaf with yeasty rising”
resembles her stomach’s growing. On the fifth line “Money is new-minted on
that fat purse” here money represents the weights that she has got due to
pregnancy and also the fetus which made her appearance fatter. According to
some critics the sentence on the ninth line; ‘Boarded the train there's no
getting off.’ shows the regret of being pregnant of her but there is not
any concrete sign that this sentence shows the regret and also it can not
be proved that the poem has a negative, gloomy atmosphere.
The poem has nine lines and rhyme meter is set up on nine syllables
moreover the rhyme scheme is aaaabcdad. The persona is first person and the
vocabulary is not complex. There are very few adjectives because the writer
uses metaphors for defining the nouns. Also the sentences are simple.
Comment 29 of 210, added on February 21st, 2007 at 2:41 PM.
This poem is talking about Plath's Pregnancy. The nine syllables represent
the nine months of pregnancy. I think when she talks about the elephant
she's talking about how huge she feels. The melon strolling on two tendrils
is a description of Plath's belly starting to show. In the fourth line "O
red fruit, ivory,fine timbers!" I think she describing how special her
child is. In the next line she mentions a big loaf with yeasty rising which
refers to her belly getting bigger. I took the line describing how she ate
a bag a green apples two different ways. First I thought it was talking
about her new eating habits because now she's eating for two so instead of
just eating one apple she ate the whole bag. Secondly I looked at it like
the bag of apples was the actual baby itself, being heavy and lumpy. You
could look at the last line 2 different ways also. The train that she has
boarded and cant get off of is the pregnancy. There's no turning back and
you could look at the last three words in a humurous way "no getting off"
could mean that there's no sex for a while.
from United States
Comment 28 of 210, added on April 22nd, 2006 at 3:13 PM.
You have very good taste in poetry, but I'm afraid Plath won't be giving
you any pointers since she's been dead for decades... she's a very famous
poet - Gwyneth Paltrow played her in a movie a couple years ago; you can
find most of her stuff online for free viewing, and I also recommend you
check out "The Bell Jar." It's a novel and most students have it assigned
at some point in their academic careers. Best wishes!
katherine from United States
Comment 27 of 210, added on April 13th, 2006 at 9:58 AM.
i really like your poem.i was just wondering if you can give me any
pointers on how to write poetry
from United States
Comment 26 of 210, added on March 15th, 2006 at 9:04 PM.
This was a tricky poem.
At first, I thought it was an elephant speaking, but I guess it's about
parenthood....most likely pregnat..
ahem...ahem....*cough* from Samoa
Comment 25 of 210, added on February 8th, 2006 at 1:13 PM.
I can see why she killed herself. She was very morbid and had alot of self
doubt. Women who believe they are fat when carring a child should be
psychologically probed. She didn't like herself and when her husband left
her it made her feelings about herself even more concrete. For me the poem
was a window to who Sylvia Plath really was and anyone that knew her
personally should have gotten her some help maybe she would still be alive.
Jackie from United States
Comment 24 of 210, added on February 7th, 2006 at 3:40 PM.
I was looking at other analyses of this and found an interpretation of line
eight ("I've eaten a bag of green apples") which I hadn't seen posted yet
and wondered if it might help someone else the way it helped me. It may be
an allusion to the fruit of the Garden of Eden, adding Plath's wry humor to
pregnancy. Eating the "green apples" was like having sex: it was
pleasurable but has long-term consequences.
Ellie from United States
Comment 23 of 210, added on January 10th, 2006 at 10:14 PM.
the elephant part makes it seem as if she didn't want the baby as well as
the ponderous house. This reminds me of Hemmingway's Hills Like White
Elephants, as it speaks of a sumwhat unwanted pregnancy and boarding a
train- very similar infact.
Kristen from United States
Comment 22 of 210, added on January 8th, 2006 at 1:48 PM.
I really liked this poem. I didn't get it until I read the comments though.
It is very clever. I would have never thought of something like that. She's
Amber from United States
Comment 21 of 210, added on December 20th, 2005 at 5:09 PM.
this poem isn't regretful. she's realizing what it is to be pregnant.
lemme break it down:
"I'm a riddle in nine syllables."
First letter of the poem is the 9th letter of the alphabet. 9 lines, each 9
syllables, reflecting 9 months of gestation.
"An elephant, a ponderous house,"
The elephant represents her enlarged state, and a ponderous house is also
an image of her big, clumsy body, but more importantly, its a metaphor for
her unborn childs "house". her womb is the dwelling place of this baby and
in it, it is provided all life-sustaining necessities.
"A melon strolling on two tendrils."
An image of her big, round belly resting on her thin legs.
"O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!"
these three images describe the child, in relation to the previous
descriptions of herself.
red fruit = the ripe fruit of her "melon"
ivory = the precious, valuable ivory from this "elephant"
fine timbers = the wood that's part of this "house". also, timbers are made
from existing trees, just as this baby is made from Sylvia.
"This loaf's big with its yeasty rising."
Another reference to her belly that's rising as it grows. her stomach is
the harder, exposed crust while her baby is the unexposed, warm, soft
"Money's new-minted in this fat purse."
The comparison of money being minted is a metaphor for her baby as an
imprint of herself. she is stamping out a copy of herself, and minting a
new person. this coin is "new-minted" because it is unique--different from
all othe existing coins. money is also an appropriate comparison because it
is valuable, just as this baby is to her.
"I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf."
a means = shes the way this baby will be brought about
a stage = a stage of this baby's life, step in development, a landing place
and a platform for this baby
a cow in calf = as a calf is normally in a cow, she is the cow in her calf.
her baby is a copy of herself, and she is invested in this baby.
"I've eaten a bag of green apples,"
a reference to her cravings as a pregnant woman
"boarded the train, there's no getting off."
the train ride is a metaphor for her journey of pregnancy and her new plath
in life. Now that she is pregnant, she knows she will forever be bound to
this child. it will always be her baby. there's no exiting this ride.
now, this REALLY isnt a difficult poem to analyze. id say its pretty
straightforward. i wa sso surprised to read such crappy interpretations and
analysis. what are schools teaching kids these days...
jessica from United States
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