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Metaphors By Sylvia Plath And Sonnet 7 By William Shakespeare

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The poems “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath and “Sonnet 7” by William Shakespeare contrast one another and provide insight into how each author felt about the issue of having a child through their writing. According to the website dedicated to her, Sylviaplath.de, Sylvia Plath wrote poetry predominantly in the mid 20th century. Her views on pregnancy are reflected in her poem “Metaphors” and are drastically different from those of Shakespeare. The gap in time between each poem is somewhere around three hundred and fifty years. This gap explains a lot about the different views on having children, showing the predominant opinions of the population during their day and age. By analyzing these poems and contrasting different elements present in each of the works, the differing views of each generation on having children come to light. The poems “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath and “Sonnet 7” by William Shakespeare show how views on having children have evolved over time through contrasting imagery, diction, and metaphors.
In the poem “Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath, imagery is present in every aspect of the poem. Many of the lines in this work depict at least one image through their descriptions, and many of the lines had several. Some of the most important images present in the poem are that of an elephant, a house and a melon. These images seem unrelated, but they are in fact connected by a central topic. Later on in the poem, the narrator states that she has “eaten a bag of green apples” (Plath). This particular image evokes a certain sense of unease, because green apples are sour. Another image in this poem is that of money and a purse. The illustration of “new-minted” money gives the reader both a sense of starting anew and a feeling of want (Plath). In many cases, people are in need of money, and the image of wealth gives the reader something to hope for or look forward to. This is also reflected in the phrase “fat purse,” because this is also something that the reader would desire (Plath). Through the use of imagery, Sylvia Plath brings about a slight sense of unease, as well as sense of largeness, and desire.
In contrast to “Metaphors”, Shakespeare does not provide a flurry of different images to convey different emotions. Instead, the imagery in “Sonnet 7” provides a steady but dynamic image, that moves with the flow of the piece. In the first part of the poem, the words “light, burning, sight, looks, heavenly, strong, and golden” work in conjunction to create an image in the readers head, which contrasts the flurry of images that Sylvia Plath throws at the reader in “Metaphors” (Shakespeare). The juxtaposition of these words creates an image of the brightness. These words implant a thought of vividness and the color gold, and the words “look” and “heavenly” hint to gaze towards the sky. These images allude to the main symbol of the poem, the sun, which seems bright and strong in the first part of the poem. However, the image of the sun changes in the...

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