Metaphors In Sylvia Pviah's Metaphors By Silvia Plath

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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 …show more content…
Not only does she realize the toll that the pregnancy is taking on her body, but also what it will do to her bank account. She states that “Money’s new-minted in this fat purse” which essentially states that the more the baby grows the more she realizes how much her new son or daughter is going cost her and the helplessness that comes with that. As further evidence, the use of metaphors is not a unique technique used by Plath. In Metaphor Mapping in Sylvia Plath’s Mirror, Rubina Rahman and Saadia Khan discuss Plath’s use of metaphors in another one of her poems which was a hallmark of hers. They state: “The present study focuses on identifying linguistic metaphors in Sylvia Plath 's poem Mirror and maps their conceptual source-domain relationship” (Rahman and Khan). Essentially this article focuses on the use of metaphors by Sylvia Plath along with mapping them and explaining them, as in this essay. The evidence brought forth by Khan and Rahman can be translated to “Metaphors” as Plath is a proponent of using a significant number of

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