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An Analysis on Apprehensions by Sylvia Plath

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Transcript of An Analysis on Apprehensions by Sylvia Plath

Apprehensions by Sylvia Plath Literal Subject Tone Apprehensions

There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself-
Infinite, green, utterly untouchable.
Angels swim in it, and the stars, in indifference also.
They are my medium.
The sun dissolves on this wall, bleeding its lights.

A grey wall now, clawed and bloody.
Is there no way out of the mind?
Steps at my back spiral into a well.
There are no trees or birds in this world,
There is only sourness.

This red wall winces continually:
A red fist, opening and closing,
Two grey, papery bags-
This is what I am made of, this, and a terror
Of being wheeled off under crosses and rain of pietas.

On a black wall, unidentifiable birds
Swivel their heads and cry.
There is no talk of immorality among these!
Cold blanks approach us:
They move in a hurry. -Anxiety or fear that something bad or unpleasant will happen. Apprehensions describes a room.
Plath writes about the different sides of the room
White
Grey
Red
Black Literally and Symbolically Imagery Purpose Sylvia Plath wrote this poem as a way of expressing he current state during that year
Apprehensions was another way to depict how she handled what was happening and what she did Speaker Audience Central Assertion The White The Grey The Red The Black The Red The Black The Grey The White There is this white wall, above which the sky creates itself-
Infinite, green, utterly untouchable.
Angels swim in it, and the stars, in indifference also.
They are my medium.
The sun dissolves on this wall, bleeding its lights. A grey wall now, clawed and bloody.
Is there no way out of the mind?
Steps at my back spiral into a well.
There are no trees or birds in this world,
There is only sourness. This red wall winces continually:
A red fist, opening and closing,
Two grey, papery bags-
This is what I am made of, this, and a terror
Of being wheeled off under crosses and rain of pietas. On a black wall, unidentifiable birds
Swivel their heads and cry.
There is no talk of immorality among these!
Cold blanks approach us:
They move in a hurry. Sylvia Plath does not really specify the speaker as it is the interpretations of the walls.
Even when Plath was describing the Red Wall, hinting at the body, there was no clear indication of which gender.
Conclusion: While the speaker could be Plath herself, as what she describes make sense during the year, it could be anyone depressed. From the way Plath describes the walls, the Audience could be anyone.
The poem could also be directed to anyone willing to understand what is happening in her life.
And considering what was happening in 1962, the audience could also include Ted Hughes. Apprehensions is an overall insight into Plath's uneasy mind.
The theme of despair is carried forward in much of the poem. Literal Meaning Symbolic Meaning There is a white wall, green and calm.
The environment is perfect and beautiful with angels and a glowing sun. The White wall symbolizes a calm state of mind.
Notice the pleasant images of:
Sky
Green
Angels
Sun Symbolic Meaning Symbolic Meaning Symbolic Meaning Literal Meaning Literal Meaning Literal Meaning There is a red wall, in pain.
The environment has a red fist, papery bags, and the terror of a Church. There is a grey wall, depressed and tired.
The environment has an ominous landscape deprived of trees or birds. There is a black wall, empty and cold.
There are ominous birds, white structures and death. The Grey wall symbolizes a depressed state of mind.
Notice the images of:
"Clawed and Bloody"
No Trees
No Birds
Sourness The Red wall symbolizes pain and terror
Notice the images of:
Winces
Red Fist
Terror
Pietas The Black wall symbolizes death.
Notice the images of:
Unidentifiable Birds
Cry
Immortality
Cold Blanks There are tone switches after each stanza.
But the main tones are:
Calmness and Despair Structure There are:
Four Stanza.
Quatrain Stanzas.
An Endpoint per line.
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