by Sylvia Plath
Ariel Death Quotes
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Stasis in darkness. (1)
The poem begins with a still, even deathly still image. Nothing is moving. All we have is quiet, still darkness.
Berries cast dark
Black sweet blood mouthfuls (11-13)
Nothing is innocent in this poem; even berries have a sense of foreboding to them. The speaker imagines her mouth filling up with blood as she tastes the juice of the berries. This lady's got a pretty serious dark streak.