This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

"Filling Station" By Elizabeth Bishop And "The Jailer" By Sylvia Plath Analysis And Comparison Of Styles

2060 words - 8 pages

1.Elizabeth Bishop - "Filling Station"The poem consists of seven stanzas. Most of them have six or seven verses, except the very last one, which contains only two.The first stanza, with a strong exclamation in the beginning verse, introduces the setting - a small, dirty gas station. There is a clearly visible intention of creating some kind of repulsion through the description, as everything is "dirty" and "oil-soaked" - a good example of Objective Correlative, a device frequently used by Bishop. In the second stanza, a family (a father and his sons) is introduced. They are, too, "oil-soaked" and "dirty". The third stanza states the question: "Do they live in the station?", and tries to answer it (there is a porch behind the pumps, a dog - dirty, of course - is lying on sofa). A further proof of the fact that the family lives there appears in the fourth stanza: there are some comic books lying on the taboret (they provide the frist coloured accent in the poem). As comics are suitable rather for younger children (at least they used to be when the poem was written) and the boys are old enough to help their father at work - they are probably teenagers - it seems that the comic books have been lying there for several years. Then, some accents of femininity appear in the hitherto completely masculine setting: the comics lie on an embroidered doily, next to a large hairy begonia. These are clearly female touches; a male would not embroider a doily with flower patterns, as it is shown in the sixth stanza. The last two stanzas clearly show a presence of a woman: there is "someone" who embroidered the doily, who takes care of the plant (it would be difficult not to love the humorous touch in the line 36 - "oils it, maybe") and who arranged the oil cans. The last verse seems to show quite clearly the presence of maternal love and care.It might be possible that the speaker is a member of the family - it can be deducted from the mysterious "us" in "Somebody loves us all". There are some other traces which can lead to such conclusion: the very beginning of the poem may be perceived as the first thought of someone who is back home after a long time, and sees an unpleasant, "dirty" and "oily" place; the man working at the station is immediately referred to as "father"; the speaker seems to be walking about and examining every detail - the thing an ordinary customer would probably never do - just to gain conviction that in spite of all the dirt and oil, everything is like it should be (it "feels" like home); finally, the title of the poem and the setting suggest a metaphor of home: a "filling station", a place one can come back to after a tiring trip and "fill up" - gain strength before further travel.Therefore, it might appear natural to read the poem as a "charming little appreciation of motherhood", as Robert Dale Parker states it ("Bishop and the Weed of Poetic Invention", Chapter 1 in The Unbeliever: The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, University of Illinois...

Find Another Essay On "Filling Station" by Elizabeth Bishop and "The Jailer" by Sylvia Plath - analysis and comparison of styles

Analysis of The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop

1123 words - 4 pages A poem without any complications can force an author to say more with much less. Although that may sound quite cliché, it rings true when one examines “The Fish” by Elizabeth Bishop. Elizabeth’s Bishop’s poem is on an exceedingly straightforward topic about the act of catching a fish. However, her ability to utilize thematic elements such as figurative language, imagery and tone allows for “The Fish” to be about something greater. These three

Comparative Analysis of Ariel by Sylvia Plath and The whitsun Weddings by Phillip Larkin

741 words - 3 pages – he views it as being restrictive. The assonance in “late” and “away” seems to capture the persona’s irritation at his lack of time-keeping. Larkin sets the scene for the readers by using features such as alliteration for example “sunlit Saturday” , this speed up the pace of the poem and gives it an upbeat tone similarly the use of the adjective “sunlit” serves the same purpose. Sunlight also has connotations of truth which ties into purity and the expectation for women to be pure on their wedding day. Poem is anecdotal. Both The Applicant and the Whitsun Weddings portray marriage as Works Cited Ariel -Sylvia Plath The whitsun Weddings -Phillip Larkin

Analysis Of Daddy By Sylvia Plath

818 words - 4 pages \Analysis of Ode; Intimations of ImmortalityJacinthe BriandENGLISH 124BRyan J. CoxSeptember 15, 2014Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia PlathThis is a dramatic poem that has 16 stanzas with five lines per stanza. The poem has free verse quintains with some internal as well as end rhymes. It was written in October of 1962, only a few months before Plath was found dead after committing suicide (Wagner-Martin and Stevenson). The poem is about a girl

Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia Plath

2056 words - 8 pages Analysis of Daddy by Sylvia Plath In the poem “Daddy,” Sylvia Plath describes her true feelings about her deceased father. Throughout the dialogue, the reader can find many instances that illustrate a great feeling of hatred toward the author’s father. She begins by expressing her fears of her father and how he treated her. Subsequently she conveys her outlook on the wars being fought in Germany. She continues by explaining her life since

An analysis of "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath

827 words - 3 pages The poem Daddy is written by Sylvia Plath in 1962, shortly before her death. It was published posthumously in "Ariel" in 1965. In the poem, Plath is seeking closure with mainly her father, but also her husband, who she had recently separated from. Plath is directly addressing her father, who died when she was 8 years old. The poem deals with the unhappiness Plath had been living with since the death of her father.The poem consists 16 verses, and

Analysis of Mirror, by Sylvia Plath

1504 words - 7 pages background of the mirror and what exactly it is that it does. The second part of the poem Plath uses metaphors, a paradox and jealous tone to describe the relationship between the mirror and woman. The final part of the poem uses a simile with a very serious tone to describe ultimately how it sees the woman. All three parts of the poem are used to shape the theme of the poem that is perspective, how the woman sees herself and how she is actually portrayed. In this case she still holds on strongly to vanity while the mirror forces her to accept reality. Works Cited Mirror, by Sylvia Plath http://allpoetry.com/poem/8498499-Mirror-by-Sylvia-Plath

Imagery and Diction in The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop

1304 words - 5 pages Imagery and Diction in The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop Elizabeth Bishop's use of imagery and diction in "The Fish" is meant to support the themes of observation and the deceptive nature of surface appearance. Throughout the course of the poem these themes lead the narrator to the important realization that aging (as represented by the fish) is not a negative process, and allows for a reverie for all life. Imagery and diction are the

“Mirror” and “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath

1804 words - 7 pages “Mirror” and “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath are two poems that address how events occur in the natural course of life. These two almost address opposite ends of the life cycle with the aging process being the focus in “Mirrors” and the creation of new life being the focus in “Metaphors”. The natural course of events in life can be both a challenge and a reward. The feelings of finality and desperation are evident in both poems. “Mirror

Mirror and Face Lift by Sylvia Plath

1095 words - 4 pages Mirror and Face Lift by Sylvia PlathIn the twentieth century, Sylvia Plath was one of the most admired and well-known poets who explored and aroused heart felt emotion on the issues in her world through literature. Compelled towards perfection in everything that she attempted, she was a very troubled woman and her lack of self-confidence and personal insecurities took over her, agonizing through a deep depression most of her adulthood prior to

Mirror by Sylvia Plath Analysis

774 words - 4 pages how appearance is a big factor in culture because of our preconceptions. A grand part of society’s judgment is the unstoppable process of aging. As a person becomes elderly more and more often they are perceived as incompetent. People see aging as loss of a better time; their youth. It becomes a big part of a human to age because it seen with such a negative connotation. Sylvia Plath is a great poet that often dealt with sadness. In the poem

The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop

886 words - 4 pages The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop      With fewer than fifty published poems Elizabeth Bishop is not one of the most prominent poets of our time. She is however well known for her use of imagery and her ability to convey the narrator?s emotions to the reader. In her vividly visual poem 'The Fish', the reader is exposed to a story wherein the use of language not only draws the reader into the story but causes the images to transcend the written

Similar Essays

Analysis Of "Filling Station" By Elizabeth Bishop

735 words - 3 pages Poets use many literary devices to extend the meaning of poetry they are writing. It not only extends the meaning, but also gives a better overall feeling of how the poem should be interpreted. One example of literary devices is the use of imagery. Imagery is a collective sense of images given throughout the meaning of the poem itself. A great poem that shows the use of imagery is the poem by Elizabeth Bishop, Filling Station. The poem

A Comparison Between "Blackberrying" By Sylvia Plath And "Mirror" By Sylvia Plath

744 words - 3 pages The Poem "Blackberrying", by Sylvia Plath has a cheery mood around it. The first verse and a half is celebratory of the poems' main theme, the beauty of nature. However, there are also certain links to motherhood as a theme for the poem as well, which we shall also explore. The poems mood slowly darkens. Sylvia Plath liked to use her own life to translate into her poems, and this is a classic example of this. Her life slowly fell apart in her

Elizabeth Bishop's Poem Filling Station Essay

524 words - 2 pages Elizabeth Bishop's Poem "Filling Station" In poetry many elements are used to bring life to a literary work. Some of these include style, structure, imagery, diction, and allusion. In Elizabeth Bishop's poem, Filling Station, the author uses them skillfully to create meaning in a story that otherwise would be banal. Her usage of expressive details supports the writing which helps the reader to imagine what the author is describing. Her

A Comparison Of "Two Sisters Of Persephone" By Sylvia Plath And The Relationship Of Mary And Rhoda In "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Yes, I Can Still Not Believe I Wrote This

826 words - 3 pages independence from the female stereotype were shunned by society."The Mary Tyler Moore Show" serves as a great reminder about how far society had come between 1964, the year of Sylvia Plath's death and 1970, the year "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" premiered. In those 6 short years society had gone from a place where woman were discouraged from working outside the home, to one where the most popular female role model on television was a woman who produced a