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Metaphors

Sylvia Plath’s “Metaphors” cleverly explains the feelings of a pregnant woman. This poem was written during the year that Plath had her first child. The theme of the poem offers an ironic...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2013, 12:00 am (UTC)

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The theme of the poem on a profound level is loss of control (a train you can't get off) and on a shallower level - pregnancy. The woman in the poem likens herself to a metaphor for something else...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2009, 4:21 am (UTC)

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Sylvia Plath's poem "Metaphors" is full of imagery and poetic devices. One of the first things you see is the immediate use of metaphor, as the speaker refers to herself as "a riddle," "an...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2019, 5:08 pm (UTC)

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A figure of speech is defined as any use of language where the words have a non-literal meaning. In literature, therefore, there are a number of different examples of figures of speech, such as...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2013, 12:04 pm (UTC)

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Let us consider the poem as a whole before we move on to focus on the particular line that you have highlighted. This poem is used as a vehicle for Plath to express the mixed emotions she has at...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011, 6:56 pm (UTC)

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I would say that the speaker of this poem has a negative attitude toward her pregnancy. Typically, a woman who calls herself, or is called, an "elephant" or is said to be as big as a "house" is...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016, 2:37 am (UTC)

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In this excellent poem by Sylvia Plath, her own experience of pregnancy and her feelings about it through the use of a series of metaphors that are commonly used as the basis to talk about...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2011, 9:14 pm (UTC)

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In reading this poem, I tend to follow the prompt in the opening line and enjoy Sylvia Plath's poem "Metaphors" as a riddle of sorts. I think that reading the poem in this way may very well help...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2009, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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The title, "Metaphors," directly states the poem's purpose: to provide a series of metaphors. The first line notes that these metaphors comprise a riddle; the solution is to derive what the...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2013, 3:43 am (UTC)

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Ambivalence is the word which describes Sylvia Plath’s attitude toward her pregnancy in “Metaphors.” It is a riddle poem with the answer equally a pregnant woman. The reader is challenged to find...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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Metaphors

Famously this poem talks about Plath's own feelings when she was pregnant, and she uses a series of metaphors to describe herself. However, within these descriptions we can see her own feelings...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2011, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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"Metaphors" by Sylvia Plath is a 9 x 9 poem (9 syllables; 9 lines) spoken by a pregnant speaker (hence the 9 months). The speaker uses a barrage of metaphors all of which compare a host-mother to...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2010, 3:14 am (UTC)

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