Metaphors, By Sylvia Plath Essay

1466 Words Dec 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Silvia Plath’s “Metaphors” is read through the words of a pregnant woman, who finds herself in an unideal situation. A Metaphor is defined as “a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison” which is what “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath is unsurprisingly composed of. The overarching metaphor is subtle, but the meaning and significance is clear. “Metaphors” exemplifies the expression “beating around the bush” as it is understood that the speaker of this Plath poem is a pregnant woman, without explicitly stating that she is. The speaker of the poem “Metaphors” is a woman with an unwanted pregnancy, and throughout the poem she struggles to decipher her significance post impregnation, as well as trying to deal with her overwhelming sense of helplessness, both of which are situations that women are often forced into feeling after impregnation and throughout pregnancy undeservedly.
“Metaphors” is organized into nine lines to represent the standard months of pregnancy, but this is not the sole connection to the number nine in the poem to back up the claim that the speaker is pregnant. The opening line of “Metaphors” is “I’m a riddle in nine syllables” (1), where the “nine syllables” is used to represent the nine-month journey. The poem follows the form that the first line states: every line has nine syllables, again in the representation of the nine months of pregnancy. Another…

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