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Old 07-05-2004, 02:49 PM   #1
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can any one tell me what the metaphores in this poem refer to

I'm a ridddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils,
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf's big with yeasty rising.
Money's new-mintedin this fat purse.
I'm a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I've eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there's no getting off.
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  1. The answer to the "riddle" is that the speaker is pregnant. The nine months of pregnancy appears here in the nine lines of the poem and the nine syllables in each line. Also, depending on how you count them, you count argue that there are nine metaphors describing her pregnant body.
  2. The speaker clearly doesn't feel very positively about her pregnancy. She compares herself to animals and equates being pregnant with getting sick from eating too many green apples.
  3. She seems jealous of her baby or that she has become less important that the child she's carrying. The baby is "money," which is valuable," while she is just a "means" to an end.
  4. The final line could be read as regret for getting pregnant, though the speaker knows there's no way to change her situation. The idea of not being able to get off if you want to has a dark connotation. It could be read that she was pressured into pregnancy or thought it was a good idea at the time, but now she has misgivings and regrets.
  5. The negativity could be an example of dramatic irony. Assuming the speaker is Plath (a married women of a certain time period), she would have been expected to be happy about having a baby. In the poem, however, pregnancy and being pregnant is described as something negative.


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