Poems by Sylvia Plath are explicated.
How would I go about understanding the two poems; Poppies in July, Poppies in October?© SolutionLibrary Inc. solutionlibary.com 9836dcf9d7 https://solutionlibrary.com/english-language-and-literature/literature-arts/poems-by-sylvia-plath-are-explicated-3e3
<br>Which leads to the second and third stanzas. Here, the speaker seems to suggest images of a suicide interrupted. The carbon monoxide--a deadly gas--is being consumed in flame by interlocutors who are giving her a "gift of love/unasked for." This would seem to indicate that this love is neither welcomed, nor sought.
<br>Which leads to the last stanza, where we can find two images that lead to an interpretation of the poem. First there is the image of "late mouths that cry open." We know that the historical Plath actually committed suicide while her children ate milk and cookies in the kitchen. This image could be a reminder of children who are left behind.
<br>We could also interpret this image as the open mouths of the poppies that are "late gifts" to her "late" in life.
<br>The final image of cornflowers in the frost would seem to indicate that the speaker is moving towards a cold place--one where the poppies cannot bloom.
<br>There are many interpretations for this poem. Linger on each word and image, and try to connect it with the next. A poem, unlike a novel, will not always have a linear narrative structure. For that reason, you ...