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Analysis and comments on Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 16 of 456, added on August 3rd, 2005 at 11:14 AM.

I love this poem. It is humorous and good for the soul! We need mor
laughter in this sick ridden society. I love her uses of words and
phrases. She brilliantly takes an unpleasant wonderful miracle to make one
realize that some miracles have pain and suffering but the fruit you
receive from it is the gift of life.

Wanz from United States
Comment 15 of 456, added on July 24th, 2005 at 9:56 AM.

When I was a student of English back in college, I felt about this poem
much the same as does the other student of English in this thread. I saw
Sylvia Plath as a depressive with issues of abandonment and self doubt
brought on by a life of disappointment, and therefore dismissed this poem
as a product of her neuroses and nothing more. I, too, thought that her
view of pregnancy was unrealistically negative, and that of herself overly
damning. However, now that I'm just five weeks from my own due date, I see
that I was wrong and am sad to have spent so many years ignoring her
incredible talent for truth. At this point, though I'm honored to have the
experience, I really do feel like my purpose has been chiseled down to
“vessel”. My balance has been thrown by the jelly-filled beach ball that
is my center, and the movements of my child make me feel as though my
intestines have been invaded by some sort of alien parasite. I understand
what it is to have a belly full of green apples in the literal sense as
well as in the broad sensation of doomed over-indulgence, and the only
thought keeping me from screaming panic is the thought that next month
it'll happen whether I ask it to or not, so there's no point in worrying.
There's no getting off the train. Perhaps Plath's depression allowed her
to do what no other poet had yet done: describe pregnancy, both real and
metaphorical, in all its frustrating, uncomfortable, desperate, terrifying

apn from United States
Comment 14 of 456, added on July 21st, 2005 at 12:21 PM.

I disagree with the student of English (3/27/05) that the poem is a
negative comment on pregnancy. I see it as a humorous way of looking at a
normal, albeit at times inconveniently bulky, human condition. This is my
favorite of all of Plath's poems, short and sweet, and to any woman who has
ever been there, a wry and real expression of how it feels to be pregnant.

Yen2Learn from United States
Comment 13 of 456, added on June 8th, 2005 at 6:53 PM.

Hey, there are also nine letters in the word "pregnancy." Sylvia Plath is
a brilliant, brilliant woman. The Bell Jar is by all means the greatest
book EVER and this poem is awesome as well.

mattie from United States
Comment 12 of 456, added on May 31st, 2005 at 12:02 AM.

a melon strolling on 2 tendrills????? 0o0o0o0o0o0 a carrage with a baby ok
i get it.......i think

AgeAintNothingButANumber from United States
Comment 11 of 456, added on May 20th, 2005 at 1:30 PM.

I really liked this poem can you make more thank you very mich

Chartyna williams from United States
Comment 10 of 456, added on May 16th, 2005 at 9:16 PM.

Sylvia Plath killed herself because she was a manic depressive. Just in
case anyone doesn't know that. And yeah this poem is good!

sarah from United States
Comment 9 of 456, added on May 15th, 2005 at 1:27 PM.

I'm pregnant too... well sort of. Anyway, this poem confused me at first
then after looking closly and breacking it down i realized that this poem
is metaphoricle!!! Wow what a trip... but honestly after reading it slower
and breacking up the lines and syllables I found this poem quite

John from Grenada
Comment 8 of 456, added on April 14th, 2005 at 11:57 AM.

ummm, i am really bad at poems, and i read this and totally didn't
understand it, and i had to read this for a class, then i got on the
comptuer and thank you guys for helping me get a good grade :D

Kyle from United States
Comment 7 of 456, added on April 10th, 2005 at 5:26 PM.

hey breckies!!!!
whoa that pregnancy thing is weird, i totally didnt get the poem until i
read this stuff. hey now i know what to write about for my journal entry.
hey maggie and mahogany!

KP from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Metaphors
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1959
Added: Feb 21 2003
Viewed: 1821 times
Poem of the Day: Aug 6 2004

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