Analysis Of Poppies In July By Sylvia Plath

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“Poppies in July” was written in 1962 by Sylvia Plath. Plath obvious uses imagery technique to create a grievously sensation. In the poem, the visual imagery is the dominant. Plath let readers see and feel as same as the narrator does by use an imagery to portray image of loss and agony from love. The explicitly image that Plath manifests in “Poppies in July” is loss. From Plath’s biography, the loss that she confronted when she wrote this poem is the loss from love. Her husband Ted Hughes has an affair and separated with her in the same year that she wrote this gloomy poet. The “poppies” (line 1) are selected to be an image of the loss from love. In general, poppies can remind the loss of life in war since the end of World War I. In addition, poppies are red, the color can imply love and blood as well as the petals of poppies are delicate prompt to be destroyed similar to love. So poppy is beyond the common flowers, it is a symbolism of the loss from love of the narrator. The word “skirts” (line 8) is also associate with the loss from love. From the biography, Ted confirmed to have an affair in 1962. As “skirts” in general means women, Plath uses the term “bloody skirts” (line 8) to curse Ted’s affair who she thought that is the cause of her losing. Not only the word “poppies” and “skirts” show the loss, but also the structure of this poem. There are 15 stanzas, 7 couples and 1 single line. The structure depicts image of solitude. The last single line is the result of the
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