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Comment 45 of 465, added on January 19th, 2010 at 2:29 PM.

Well as a student currently studying in ub i think Plath is bitter and very
sour,in this poem she does not show any sign of happiness its lyk for her
pregnancy is a shameful thing but its only natural to us all

Ambrosia from Botswana
Comment 44 of 465, added on November 23rd, 2009 at 7:41 AM.
Analysis of Metaphor

(1)"I'm a riddle in nine syllables"
means the period of pregnancy. for detailing,
nine syllables means 9 months which is the period of pregancy.
(2) "An elephant, a ponderous house"
'elephant' is speaker's body because she has baby.
'ponderous house' has two meanings.
- ponderous is same as elephant.
- house is baby's house. In other words, Women's womb
(3)A melon strolling on two tendrils.
A melon strolling means speaker's swollen belly.
two tendrils means speaker's thin two legs.
so this sentense shows fat of belly as compared with two legs

A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf's big with its yeasty rising.
Money's new-minted in this fat purse.
I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I've eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there's no getting off.

Eileen Kim from Korea, South
Comment 43 of 465, added on November 18th, 2009 at 3:44 PM.

to me this is an irritable poem. She's irritated by the stupid metaphors
and the pregnancy and almost recites them dismissively. The nine syllables
per line (one for each month) in nine lines truck along without resolution.
As a male this captures the grumpiness of women in their third trimester
when pregnancy is at its most annoying. To me its not unhappy its more
pissed off.

peter king from New Zealand
Comment 42 of 465, added on April 14th, 2009 at 4:32 PM.

I've eaten a bag of green apples, (8) /Boarded the train there's no
getting off (9). The apples symbolize another biblical allusion, not only
are green apples more sour but they symbolize Eve brining suffering upon
women with birth. In reference to the train Plath has obviously boarded a
train that she has no idea how to get off, because she knows little of how
to be a happy, normal, pregnant woman. She feels as if her pregnancy is
more plague than promising experience, as later evident when Plath kills
herself in the house with her children present.

Aly from United States
Comment 41 of 465, added on March 11th, 2009 at 4:44 PM.

This poem is definitely about how unhappy Plath was in the latter stages of
her pregnancy. Using terms like 'elephant' (think of Hemingway in Hills
Like White Elephants), 'ponderous house' and 'fat purse', Plath is
describing just how she feels. These metaphors, coupled with the 'bag of
green apples', which not only bloat you, but turn your stomach sour paint a
picture of a woman who feels dreadful. There is so much more to be
discovered in these nine simple lines, but suffice it to say that Plath
felt she had no control over her life at this point ('there's no getting
off') - and any woman who has been pregnant can understand that there comes
a point when you feel that you are merely a vessel for this 'red fruit'.
Plath was a desperately unhappy woman, and this is only too obvious in this

Susan from United States
Comment 40 of 465, added on March 5th, 2009 at 4:08 PM.

This is an awesome poem! What does it mean?....

aly from United States
Comment 39 of 465, added on February 9th, 2009 at 7:40 PM.

I had to read this poem and use it in an essay about Women's World. The
only part I got was that there was 9 lines with 9 syllables. Past that, I
was lost. Thanks for helping me out, cuz i needed it!!

Kimmie from United States
Comment 38 of 465, added on December 18th, 2008 at 12:25 PM.

I am a male, sort of,, and i have this poem taped right in front of my
toilet.. i read it every day while i am urnitating/giving stool samples.
it really puts things in perspective for me, i think the whole world should
read this poetry. its unique like the heart warming scent of turkey on
thanksgiving. this poetry really makes me want to writes poems. PLZ READ
it was a gloomy day
i kissed my husband to wish the gloom away
i was on the street, there was no room to stay in
but i was on my vacation

i hope you enjoy much!!!!

Josue from United States
Comment 37 of 465, added on December 9th, 2008 at 7:40 PM.

Whateves, you are close minded. You said you are an English major? Check
your grammar and spelling. I don't believe that you are. And I agree with
Hesperie 100%. Women do have mixed feelings during pregnancy. I do not
believe she was tottaly depressed when she wrote the poem.

Irina from United States
Comment 36 of 465, added on October 20th, 2008 at 12:44 PM.


I think you're being a bit close-minded. While it's true that Plath was
depressed throughout much of her life, I think this can be read a bit more
broadly than her misery. Every pregnant woman has mixed feelings throughout
the months they carry and even after: they're upset over their changing
body and the weight they're gaining, they're at once looking forward to and
wildly fearful of the future of their family, they agonize over how the
baby will change things...

I don't even think Plath was unequivocally miserable over her pregnancy.
While I agree with you that calling it joyful underestimates the complexity
of the poem, calling it gloomy does the same.

Hesperie from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Metaphors
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1959
Added: Feb 21 2003
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Poem of the Day: Aug 6 2004

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