Analysis Of The Poem ' Nick And The Candlestick ' By Sylvia Plath

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Grief is something everyone will experience at sometime in their life and a person is never prepared for the feelings that follow. The poem “Nick and the Candlestick” by Sylvia Plath is the narration of of a woman processing a loss of a loved one. Sylvia Plath is a published poet by the age of nine and a certified genius with a 160 IQ at twelve (Tananbaum). Plath uses the nostalgic mood of the poem to convey the theme of grief in the poem so that the reader can prepare for a time when they will share the same grief and pain. She does this through word choice, voice, tone, and tension in the poem.
Plath’s word choice, particularly in the colors she uses to describe, tie in with other elements of the poem. “Blue” (l. 1) describes the light of the candle but it can also be used to describe the overall mood of the poem. Blue also end up relating to the “tears” (l. 3) and “icicles” (l. 11) mentioned in later lines. The imagine that is brought up by tears is blue. Plath could be using this color to create a hue in the reader’s mind to help establish her meaning better. She changes this hue around the word “ruby”(l. 28), or before that with the mention of “blood”(l. 27). While “blood” (l. 27) is not a color many people relate it to a distinct image- a distinct color that could be described as “ruby” (l. 28) this parallel is probably not accidental. After the change in hue the reader becomes more aware that the person the persona is speaking to is dead, death itself having a red…

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