ABOUT THE POET:
* Married to a man named Ted Huges.
* Two children ~ Frieda + Nicholas.
* Problems in their marriage(he had an affair)
* They divorced.
* She suffered from depression.
* Most of her poems were published after her death (suicide).
THEMES OF HER POEMS:
1) Her depression.
2) Her love for her children.
* MOTHERHOOD AND LOVE.
This poem is about the love and relationship between mother and child.
“moth breath flickers”
She is using great imagery to describe her child breathing.
“floral Victorian nightgown”
She is describing what she is wearing. Its realistic as it is what a new mother would be wearing at that time.
“fat, gold watch”
Fat is a realistic adjective to use when describing a baby. The birth of a child is precious, like gold. The watch symbolises time in the childs life. Life is precious.
“a drafty museum”
Describing the world. A cold , dangerous, troublesome place .
It’s a realistic way to describe how she looks after having a baby .
“swallows its dull stars”
Stars are disappearing as the child is growing up . life is getting more dangerous, not as simple as it was when it was a baby.
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* FEAR OF GROWING OLD AND AGING.
Mirrors are truthful, they do not lie or hide anything .
The word “I” is used throughout the poem a lot which shows that it is a very personal poem
“unmisted by love or dislike”
The mirror shows things as they are, whether its reflecting good things or bad, it will hide nothing.
“whatever I see I swallow immediately”
It takes things and reflects them back to the viewer. Does not hide anything or forget anything. Nothing can hide from it .everything is seen.
“like a terrible fish”
She knows that she is going to grow old, loose her beauty and become old, smelly , scales and unattractive , just like a fish.
not always clear. You can only see bits because people interfere with the mirrors view of things .
this poem relates to Sylvia but can easily be related to everybody. An universal poem .
* HER DEPRESSION
* HER CHILDREN GROWING UP.
She loves her children. She has hopes and dreams for her child.
“zoo of the new “
Idealistic world that her child is living in . no troubles, no worries. A world full of great things to see and do . opportunities, like a zoo.
Using this image to describe her child. Fragile, beautiful. Also explaining how short childhood is .
The child is young, no worries or stresses yet in life.
“ceiling without stars “
The child will enter the real world, where there are no stars , nothing is always perfect . there is going to be dangers and problems as the child grows older .
* Two weeks after writing this poem, Sylvia took her own life.
* NATURE . VERY PERSONAL POEM.
This poem is about nature but it is also about Sylvia and her husband. They have two different views, they disagree with each other.
The pheasant represents nature.
It is about the relationship between Sylvia and Ted Huges.
“do not kill it”
This is very simple English .Very blunt. She wants her husband to leave the pheasant alone in its natural world.
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Wild and untouched, just lie the pheasant should be . Not harmed, left alone in nature.
“in its element”
Its happy where it is .It is doing nothing wrong .
Sylvia wants her husband to respect the pheasant and let it be .
“let it be”
Leave it alone. Let the pheasant do its own thing. Its not harming or interfering with anything. No need to kill or harm it.
She is pleading with her husband in this poem to leave the pheasant alone, trying to convince him that it’s a beautiful animal and that they should be glad that the animal feels like their garden is a safe place for it .
It shows that Sylvia and ted disagreed and did not see the same point of view. Shows us a little about what their marriage was like.