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Analysis and comments on Metaphors by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 36 of 506, 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
Comment 35 of 506, added on July 6th, 2008 at 11:31 AM.

As an English Philology graduate, NO NO and again NO to those who think
this is a happy poem Plath wrote in a joyful manner. If you've ever read
Sylvia Plath's biography or any other works of her, you would know what
kind of a psychological state she was in throughout her life. I don't want
to go into details but i just wanna say that this poem actuall IS a gloomy
poem; she is not thrilled because she's pregnant, she does not think
pregnancy is miraculously wonderful and she does not 'humurously' hint that
there won't be sex for a while by saying she's boarded a train where
there's no getting off! Before ridiculing this sensational and sad poem to
wider lengths, i suggest everyone who are interested in this to read
Plath's biography (even online), go out and buy one of her books consisting
of her collected poems and then analyse this fragile yet mournful poem once
more. You can get help to understand profoundly by getting help from world
wide literature sites online or other literary works dedicated to Plath's
work from libraries or bookstores. In literature, there is never a simple
definition to any symbol or metaphor in a poem or novel. You can't imagine
what kind of depth and how many meanings a simple word can have in itself.

Salut to those literature lovers :)

whateves from Turkey
Comment 34 of 506, added on April 14th, 2008 at 4:53 PM.

i think this poem is a biographe from sylvia.sylvia speak about his life
when she was a child in his nine month .however this poem is very good for
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ali from Iran
Comment 33 of 506, added on March 25th, 2008 at 3:26 AM.

I think that Plath's was very happy to be pregnant becaus she describe her
baby as ivory and green apples

matta from Egypt
Comment 32 of 506, added on November 16th, 2007 at 11:41 PM.

this poem is so simple yet there is so much into it..
one of my favourites poems.

munique from United Kingdom
Comment 31 of 506, added on June 18th, 2007 at 8:31 PM.

Many of these metaphors are euphimisms for pregnancy--for example, a cow in
calf is a very old reference to a pregnant cow. Similarly, eating a bag of
green apples causes one to bloat--that is,get big-bellied--therefore
another metaphor for pregnancy. Yeast makes bread rise--another euphemism.
(Compare to "a loaf in the oven," yet another but not appearing in this

The line "O red fruit, ivory,fine timbers!" looks back to the melon, the
elephant, and the house.

Don't complicate things too much! And if you've ever been pregnant, once
that train leaves the station it is (or used to be) in fact too late--no
matter how one feels about the pregnancy.

Jane Austen from United States
Comment 30 of 506, 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.

sedef from Turkey
Comment 29 of 506, 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.

Chelsee from United States
Comment 28 of 506, 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 506, 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

kendra 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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