Metaphors - English 104-03 Professor Cobb 25 October-2007...

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English 104-03 Professor Cobb 25 October-2007 Metaphors Sylvia Plath’s poem is perfectly described by its title: Metaphors . Upon first read, one may find it very difficult to identify what exactly Plath is talking about. It becomes evident after closer analysis, however, that the poem is in fact about a pregnant woman. Throughout human existence, pregnancy has been celebrated as a blessing; the brining of life into the world. However, Plath writes of her pregnancy as something of a burden. The final line describes her pregnancy by saying she has “boarded a train there’s no getting off” (Plath 19). This is a very interesting take on such a highly regarded matter. She is expressing her deepest truths. Despite the world telling her that she should feel blessed to be having a child, she is having inner resentment and regret. This is actually a commonality in society. In many cases, women have a hard time dealing with the side effects that come along with pregnancy. To better understand Plath’s perspective in Metaphors , it is important to also investigate a condition known as Partum Depression, which has a direct correlation to Plath’s emotions in this piece. In order to make a credible comparison between Plath’s poem and the actual Partum Depression condition, one must first truly understand what Metaphors is about. The poem in its entirety is as follows: I’m a riddle in nine syllables, an elephant, a ponderous house,
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A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf’s big with yeasty rising. Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
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