An Evaluation Of Nature Poetry In Reference To Plath, Huges And Keats.

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Throughout the essay I will be explaining what form of poetry meter is being used in certain poems, how imagery is detailed and explain rhyming patterns that have been used as well as giving my own analysis of my selected poems.

The first poet I want to look at is Sylvia Plath (1932-1963). Plath's work intrigues me, as does her life. After losing her farther at the age of eight, she suppressed her inner feelings and instead of reaching out to other people for comfort, she isolated herself with writing as her only expressive outlet. Then remarkably, Sylvia Plath had a poem published when she was only eight. Plath continued prolific writing through high school and won a scholarship to Smith College in 1950. This was the start of a life that would lead on to studying at the eminent university of Cambridge, Marrying Ted Huges (former poet lauret). Then after years of mental illness Sylvia Plath committed suicide at an early age of 31 yrs old but not before leaving enough milk and food for her two children's supper.(1)

The first poem that I am going to look at is called Blackberrying; it is a blank verse poem although it could be brought to argument that it is free verse. There is no pattern of rhyming but she does use Enjambement "when the sense of the line carries over to the next line."(2)

After analysing the poem, I can reveal that Sylvia Plath has a very dark nature she likes to use morbid or macabre citation's in her poems.

In this eerie nature poem, blackberries are personified in the

line "I had not asked for such a blood sisterhood; they must love me." No longer is she just picking a blackberry she is making an alliance with the fruit When her blood mixes with the juices of the berries her blood has bonded into their sorority, yet she has not asked for this. A very dynamic meataphore to picture the scene and a magnificent fictitous piece of wrighting that reveals how far her imaginery barriers can be pushed to the point of belif.

Then the second stanza takes us even deeper into her chilling outlook on nature "Overhead go the choughs in black, cacophonous flocks Bits of burnt paper wheeling in a blown sky" when this poem was wrote theoreticaly she must have been living in Devon because this type of wildlife wouldent have been around her in London and im sure it would'nt have been around her in America either. I believe this poem was written upon local observations surrounding her in the country. The detail of the scenery in the poem is so comprehensive and precise to real life you can picture the place in your minds eye. However being surrounded by this beautifull counryside dosen't stop Sylvia Plath giving very negative feedback to the nature that surrounds her.

In the line from the second stanza quoted above she describes a flock of crows flying above her in the most forlorn detail the cacophonous or also onomatopoeia simply means a squawking sound however Sylvia Plath doesn't use Squawking because she just doesn't...

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