“Let me live, love, and say it well in good sentences” -Sylvia Plath. Much of Plath’s literature is devoted to symbolism and references to the people around her. In her compilation of bee poems, written just before her suicidal death, Plath compared much of her personal influences to the life and hardships of bees, especially queen bees. It may seem erratic of Plath to dedicate five poems to an insect, given the subjects of her previous literature. However, these poems relate to herself and stem from various aspects of her life.The most distinct inspirations include her father, husband, occupation, and interest in history and these are each evident in a different poem.(Modern) …show more content…
(Analyzing) In the beginning of their relationship, the two lived happily and in a healthy manner. She depicts the poem in the same order that the marriage went. First, easy and carefree and then vengeful and imperfect. The beginning stanzas states, “with white pink flowers with excessive love, I enameled it.” Plath is nostalgic for the past when her husband was generous and sweet. (Analyzing) As the poem endures, the tone becomes more dreadful. In “Stings,” Plath asks, “Will they hate me, these women who only scurry, whose news is the open cherry, the open clover?” Her dislike of women who submit to men and end up losing their individuality is made known. Plath grows resentful toward the duties that she is seemingly entitled to fulfill as a housewife and she again ties this back to the concept of bees. (Analyzing) This poem takes the role of a feminist trying to empower women and lead them away from losing their …show more content…
Once again, this poem portrays herself, women, and society while still maintaining the comparison to bees. (Modern) One day Plath attended a local meeting where she became a beekeeper for the day. During this, she learned the ins and outs of the job and found ways to incorporate her findings into her poem. (Modern) She says, “They will not smell, my fear, my fear, my fear.” Along with the bees, Plath feels overtaken and vulnerable because she comes face to face with her worst fears that stem from detrimental events that took place in her childhood. She relates to the queen bee when she states, “Dream of a duel they will win inevitably” and “sealing off her brood cells, her honey, and quietly humming.” Plath is showing her insecurity of being replaced, as does the queen bee who feels like the younger bees are taking over.(Modern) Later in the poem, Plath portrays women in society by comparing them to a magician's assistant, who are stereotyped as just a pretty face and are the best part of the show. Through this, Plath again is trying to stress the importance of not conforming to society. Her main inspiration for this poem comes from the meeting she attended which brought forth many repressed memories of her father and led her to construct a poem that describes feelings of loss and other societal issues.
The use of metaphor in the poem is particularly effective in conveying its themes. The caterpillar's journey represents the natural progression of life, and the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly represents growth and change. The poem also contains a sense of mortality, as the caterpillar's journey ultimately leads to its death. The speaker's own journey of growth and change is also uncertain, suggesting that the poem is not just about the caterpillar, but about all of us and the universal experience of
The different key features also plays an important role for example the tone that is being formed by the lyrical voice that can be seen as a nephew or niece. This specific poem is also seen as an exposition of what Judith Butler will call a ‘gender trouble’ and it consist of an ABBA rhyming pattern that makes the reading of the poem better to understand. The poem emphasizes feminist, gender and queer theories that explains the life of the past and modern women and how they are made to see the world they are supposed to live in. The main theories that will be discussed in this poem will be described while analyzing the poem and this will make the poem and the theories clear to the reader. Different principals of the Feminist Theory.
From reading this, I wondered how bees could change someone’s life and for it to spin in a “whole new orbit”. The quote is also important to the novel as a whole, especially the second part of the passage. I also wondered who sent the bees and why? As a reader, I had to look back and re-evaluate the quote, and to be able answer the questions I had when first starting the novel. Then, I also realized throughout the book that the bees were used as foreshadowing.
The poem, in brief, is about the struggle the speaker faces as he prepares for war and attempts to explain to his lover how important honor is to him, surpassing even his feelings for her. It is written creatively, with a unique style. The poem is also personal and temporal, a trait of poems of this era. The poem is written in a conversational tone and is read as if by a male writer to a female lover. Lovelace weaves poetic techniques such as assonance, and metaphor together to create a good rhythm, and a theme based upon honor.
Although we’ve already discussed this in class- let’s recap a little. The title of the poem strikes us with images of a peaceful place filled with people and laughter. But Harwood contradicts these assumptions and challenges them by portraying the negative effects of love in motherhood. Harwood is presenting a critical perspective on the expectations placed on women in a culture based on patriarchal values. This poem reflects the demanding nature of motherhood, financial, romantic and intellectual sacrifices and physical exhaustion.
Both poets strive to convey an attitude toward Helen using every element of their poem, be it flowery syntax or venomous descriptions. Because the writing is so tightly knit, the reader can easily understand complex feelings without them being
The poem begins with the speaker looking at a photograph of herself on a beach where the “sun cuts the rippling Gulf in flashes with each tidal rush” (Trethewey l. 5-7). The beach is an area where two separate elements meet, earth and water, which can represent the separation of the different races that is described during the time that her grandmother was alive and it can also represent the two races that are able to live in harmony in the present day. The clothing that the two women wear not only represent how people dressed during the different time periods, but in both the photographs of the speaker and her grandmother, they are seen standing in a superman-like pose with their hands on “flowered hips” (Trethewey l. 3,16). The flowers on the “bright bikini” (Trethewey l. 4) are used to represent the death of segregation, similar to how one would put flowers on a loved one’s grave, and on the “cotton meal sack dress” (Trethewey l. 17) it is used to symbolize love and peace in a troubled society.
Perhaps this ‘honey’ that the speaker possesses is freedom as the final line of the poem makes reference to ‘flying’, with allusions to being elevated; away from the harm of the patriarchy. Additionally, the lyrical mood created in the last stanza is paired with jubilant imagery including ‘spring’ and ‘Christmas roses’ to support the idea of liberty. Plath describes women as having the ability to supply themselves with their own ‘light’ with ‘torch’, even though it can be ‘faint’. The speaker directs women to find their own place in the world, to become independent. Even a small
Plath confesses in her journal about how “[she cried] out against” the limitations placed on her happiness declaring “I am I--I am powerful” (Plath 5). Plath’s use of repetition and dashes in this quote exemplifies her insurgent nature. Plath states that “I am I” and then goes on to call herself “powerful”; by saying this Plath rebels against traditional gender roles of her time, and therefore achieves
In this poem, Plath uses the mirror itself as the most obvious symbol. It represents the introspectiveness of the woman, the way she analyzes herself throughout the poem. Plath writes, "Now I am a lake. A woman bends over me / Searching my reaches for what she really is" (lines 10-11). This quote further illustrates the representation of self-exploration, by using the lake as a metaphor for being able to not only see your reflection, but at the same time becoming conscious of what lies under the surface.
Sylvia Plath’s darkness is seductive at best but replicable at worst. It is rare to find a poet as studied and as raw as Plath; her troubled life acts as a haunting melody for the symphony of her acclaimed writings. Born to Aurelia Schober and the dominating Otto Plath in Boston on October 27th, 1932, Plath’s literary precociousness mingled with the intrinsic sadness and struggle that would come to dominate her life (Biography.com Editors; “Sylvia Plath”). The parallels between Plath’s poetry and her life are expected; she, along with Anne Sexton and Richard Lowell, are often associated with the confessional poetry movement (“Sylvia”). For example, her poem “Daddy”, written shortly after her husband left her in 1962, has obvious parallels to her father Otto, whose death when Plath was eight years old irrevocably changed her, and whose controlling nature seeped through the grave, print, and Sylvia’s future mental health (“Sylvia”; Wagner-Martin).
Even when she realized the reality of her father, she still tries to go back to him. In lines 58-61 “At twenty I tried to die…………… /And they stuck me together with glue” Plath uses imagery to show that even as bad as Hitler, she will always look up to her
The way that Sylvia Plath presented the image of women in her poems drawattention of many to the problem of patriarchy and overshadowing the importance of the female role in the society. She was a great poetess and a literary revolutionist in a female world. By combining irony, extendedmetaphors and a great use of language she was able to show the inequality and the dominance of man over woman in the society. She showed that even as, according to the society,a comparatively weak personcould fight for the right cause with her firmest weapon,her extraordinary style of writing. She revolutionised the world of poetry and presented women as a very strong part of the society capable of accomplishinggreat things.
Society’s superficial viewing of women is also reflected in the poem’s wring, as it may seem that this poem is strictly concerned with a prostitute, but in fact it describes all females. The male representative in the poem, Georges, then asserts his superiority, despite their similar conditions of being poor. Although he is sexually attracted to her as he “stiffens for [her] warmth”, suggesting an erection, he is unwilling to accept her as a human being as he deems her question “Why do you do this?”