Tuesday, November 19, 2013

"A melon strolling on two tendrils"*

Happy Tuesday!

I came across this Sylvia Plath poem last week, and I just had to share. I think any woman who has been pregnant can empathize with the speaker here. I know I can. It's not necessarily a very happy or positive poem, but some of Plath's metaphors—like the one I used to title this post—make me smile. Enjoy!



Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday. ☺

(*From "Metaphors" by Sylvia Plath.)


30 comments:

  1. Being prego is amazing and exhausting all mixed into one. Perfect metaphors here. Hugs to you and your little brewing bundle! :D

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  2. Needless to say I can't relate to being pregnant BUT this is a beautiful poem :)

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    1. I agree: beautiful but sad. Happy Tuesday!

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  3. Lovely, hope you are taking enough rest!

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    1. I try to. I think I could use a nap right now. ☺

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  5. I don't find this poem sad as much as humorous. These images seem to express how women feel and see themselves in month 9 when they're just ready to be DONE.

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    1. True. I was thinking more about Plath and her "real" life. I read somewhere that she wrote this poem when she thought she might be pregnant and wasn't (apparently) happy about that fact.

      Happy Tuesday!

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    2. Well, that's true -- reading the poem as autobiography would leave you with a negative impression.

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    3. Indeed. I find it hard not to read it that way, considering the way her life ended.

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  6. I never liked being pregnant though I wanted my children and loved having an infant in my arms. Those nine months of exhaustion and feeling huge were not fun.

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    1. I don't mind being pregnant, although some days I do feel huge!

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  7. I certainly felt like a cow and a melon on tendrils when I was pregnant!

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    1. :) I'm feeling like that melon right now!

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  8. Weird and yet vivid imagery. I definitely felt like that when pregnant! Hope you're doing well. :)

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    1. I am, thanks. :) Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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  9. No experience to relate, but the imagery was excellent. Hope you are well!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

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    1. Thanks. I've been feeling pretty good lately. Happy you liked the poem; the imagery really is excellent. :)

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  10. I don't think I've heard any of those sayings! The video's done nicely with the pages turning like that!!

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    1. Plath was very inventive in her language, that's for sure. :)

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  11. This is an interesting poem, I haven't read much of her work, thanks for sharing this Dana, I hope you had a delightfully nice day!

    betty

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    1. Thanks, Betty. Plath is one of my favorites. I hope you have a great Wednesday!

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  12. I read The Bell Jar when I was 14. I think Plath was intelligent and a sensitive, tortured soul. Thanks for sharing this. Hugs.

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    1. I agree. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem and animation.

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