Portrayal of nature and natural world in Plath's poem 'Tulips'
‘Tulips’ is a poem that was written by Sylvia Plath in 1961 and was published after her death in 1965. Plath wrote this poem while recovering in hospital after recently having a miscarriage and having an appendectomy. This poem, set in the hospital, expresses Plath’s feelings and emotions at this time in her life.
Nature and the natural world are themes, which are portrayed, in a negative light in many of Plath’s poems, ‘Tulips’ included. She saw nature as a threat, and something that oppressed her, exposed her or caused her pain. In her poem ‘Tulips’ nature, specifically the tulips themselves, are personified which causes her to be reminded of …show more content…
In the seventh stanza Plath becomes paranoid about nature, she feels as though the threatening tulips are staring at her, as though she is under surveillance, ‘now I am watched. The tulips turn to me’ She creates a very threatening environment portraying nature as the dangerous element, ‘The vivid tulips eat my oxygen.’ This line tells the reader that these flowers are trying to kill Plath, which is ironic as this is what she truly wants. However, because the tulips are a reminder to her of life it creates the image that it is life itself that is killing her.
Plath expresses resentment for nature when the tulips are intrusive and they disrupt the calm in the air, ‘the tulips filled it up like a loud noise’. Plath makes another reference to water in the eighth stanza but the image created in this stanza is not as soothing and peaceful as before. The river in this stanza represents the air surrounding Plath,