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Metaphors

Metaphors

by Sylvia Plath

Metaphors Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Does this poem change the way you feel about your own mother, or experiences with pregnancy? Why, or why not?
  2. Just how many metaphors does Plath use in this poem? Do they have something in common (besides what they're metaphors for)? Is there a pattern here? 
  3. How autobiographical do you think this poem is? How is the narrator different from and similar to Sylvia Plath? And how can you tell?
  4. What do you think about the connection of pregnancy to money and value in this poem? What does that seem to say about pregnancy in general?
  5. How do you think this poem is affected by the period in history in which it was written? Are there any hints within the poem that might help us draw some conclusions?

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