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The Arrival Of The Bee Box Analysis



Author: poem of Sylvia Plath Type: poem Views: 13


I ordered this, clean wood box
Square as a chair and almost too heavy to lift.
I would say it was the coffin of a midget
Or a square baby
Were there not such a din in it.

The box is locked, it is dangerous.
I have to live with it overnight
And I can't keep away from it.
There are no windows, so I can't see what is in there.
There is only a little grid, no exit.

I put my eye to the grid.
It is dark, dark,
With the swarmy feeling of African hands
Minute and shrunk for export,
Black on black, angrily clambering.

How can I let them out?
It is the noise that appalls me most of all,
The unintelligible syllables.
It is like a Roman mob,
Small, taken one by one, but my god, together!

I lay my ear to furious Latin.
I am not a Caesar.
I have simply ordered a box of maniacs.
They can be sent back.
They can die, I need feed them nothing, I am the owner.

I wonder how hungry they are.
I wonder if they would forget me
If I just undid the locks and stood back and turned into a tree.
There is the laburnum, its blond colonnades,
And the petticoats of the cherry.

They might ignore me immediately
In my moon suit and funeral veil.
I am no source of honey
So why should they turn on me?
Tomorrow I will be sweet God, I will set them free.

The box is only temporary.

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In this poem ! The arrival of the bee box\" \' when she says :
\"There are no windows, so I can\'t see
what is in there.\"
It shows that she can\'t hope of love and sincerity from her husband and from others. As she says :
\"It is dark, dark,\" .
it\'s means she wants to say that she understand others but no nobody understands her even from her outer side . which shows her psychological problem. In her these lines:
\"I wonder how hungry they are.
I wonder if they would forget me\"
These lines show her female desires for sex? . Her husband \"Ted Huges\" didn\'t sincere with her . Her poem shows her this endure too.
The essential thing for noticing in her poems is that she doesn\'t narrate her personal life to use the word \"I\" . But her poems show her whole life that any body can understand her life history .

| Posted on 2013-04-27 | by a guest


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\" The Arrival of the bee box\" shows the miserable life of Sylvia Plath . Her all poems show her depriveness\' hopelessness\' depression . Her mother loved her son much than her . That\'s why she was attached with her father than her mother . Her interest in Bees also inherited her from her father.
In this poem ! The arrival of the bee box\" \' when she says :
\"There are no windows, so I can\'t see
what is in there.\"
It shows that she can\'t hope of love and sincerity from her husband and from others. As she says :
\"It is dark, dark,\" .
it\'s means she wants to say that she understand others but no nobody understands her even from her outer side . which shows her psychological problem. In her these lines:
\"I wonder how hungry they are.
I wonder if they would forget me\"
These lines show her female desires for sex? . Her husband \"Ted Huges\" didn\'t sincere with her . Her poem shows her this endure too.
The essential thing for noticing in her poems is that she doesn\'t narrate her personal life to use the word \"I\" . But her poems show her whole life that any body can understand her life history .

| Posted on 2013-04-27 | by a guest


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This poem is could be interpreted two ways, Plath\'s life, or an analysis about power of people and how people go mad in confinement. read it again and you will see what i mean. just saying.
- Year 10.

| Posted on 2012-07-30 | by a guest


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When reading the title "The Arrival of the Bee Box" my mind ran through thoughts that it could have been simply about an excitement for something to arrive, instantly though, my thoughts lead me deeper into the possibility of it being a metaphor for being trapped.
As I read on the poetess becomes a much clearer image of psychological ill health. The reader can observe this when Plath refers to the box as a "coffin for a midget" the first out of many references to death, this theme is a recurring motif.
My belief is that the box signifies Plath herself, and her feeling of being completely stuck and wanting freedom. The box contains a part of her that she is fearful of, her own demons and skeletons that are hidden. They haunt her. The noise she hears are the unintelligent mumbles in her head. Plath knows if she were to let these 'bees' out she would be consumed whole by them.
Her repetition of the word I, shows that Plath feels in control, when at the core of it all she is getting taunted and in complete despair.
The poem introduces a sort of black humour, that one would only seem to understand if they had some background knowledge on Plaths life, therefore making this piece much more personal.
The last few lines of the poem show Plaths weakness, as though she is slowly giving up until the final line ' This box is only temporary' Which could be interpreted as ' this life is only temporary '. Which shows Plaths defeat.
Yvanna Fragoulis

| Posted on 2012-02-14 | by a guest


.: :.

When reading the title \"The Arrival of the Bee Box\" my mind ran through thoughts that it could have been simply about an excitement for something to arrive, instantly though, my thoughts lead me deeper into the possibility of it being a metaphor for being trapped.
As I read on the poetess becomes a much clearer image of psychological ill health. The reader can observe this when Plath refers to the box as a \"coffin for a midget\" the first out of many references to death, this theme is a recurring motif.
My belief is that the box signifies Plath herself, and her feeling of being completely stuck and wanting freedom. The box contains a part of her that she is fearful of, her own demons and skeletons that are hidden. They haunt her. The noise she hears are the unintelligent mumbles in her head. Plath knows if she were to let these \'bees\' out she would be consumed whole by them.
Her repetition of the word I, shows that Plath feels in control, when at the core of it all she is getting taunted and in complete despair.
The poem introduces a sort of black humour, that one would only seem to understand if they had some background knowledge on Plaths life, therefore making this piece much more personal.
The last few lines of the poem show Plaths weakness, as though she is slowly giving up until the final line \' This box is only temporary\' Which could be interpreted as \' this life is only temporary \'. Which shows Plaths defeat.

| Posted on 2012-02-14 | by a guest


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i tink she was just a bee luvr, taken afta er daddy simple as dat she felt close 2 him wen wit da bees dats y she ad dem nd dis poem tell us bout da arrival of da bees 1st

| Posted on 2011-02-02 | by a guest


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The quote "I am in control/here is my honey-machine" is not actually from the poem "The Arrival of The Bee Box",it is from the poem "Stings" Also by Sylvia Plath and very closely related with many of the same themes. They are actually positioned consecutively in "Ariel" Both poems speak of Plath's thoughts trying to escape, but being dangerous. Though in "Stings" the metaphor is about the oppression of the dead old queen bee, who is being kicked out. "The Arrival of the Bee Box" is Sylvia's dangerous thoughts escaping from her brain and potentially hurting her.

| Posted on 2010-03-01 | by a guest


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The Arrival of the Bee Box’ is a symbolic poem and the bee box is a metaphor for Sylvia Plath herself. The bees symbolise the poet’s unconscious self which seeks freedom. The poem gives the organic view of creation. After a long strenuous battle with the tortuous self, she seems to come to terms with herself at last in these poems : “ I am in control/ Here is my honey- machine’. But actually she is not in control of the situation. The bees are angrily crying for freedom. Their words are confused and they cry like maniacs. They are hungry and they , if allowed to come out , would clamber around her. She feels depressed and despairing. Her unconscious self whispers unintelligibly to her. Unconscious self speaks in unintelligible language. Indeed unconscious self is her mad self. The box referred to is really the coffin. But her ritual death is temporary. Her conscious self is in a temporary suspension. So the poetess endures and fights the forces of despair.
Sylvia Plath’s life and poetry continue to be surrounded by controversy. Understanding her poetry requires some understanding of her short and troubled life. As a young adolescent she was anxious about not leading a typical woman’s life. She was struggling with a failed marriage and the bringing up of her two young children. Many of Plath’s poems are about herself. In this poem the speaker becomes the beekeeper herself. He owns a boxful of restless bees. The box is lot with no window in it. The speaker has to live with the box through the night as there are no windows in this box therefore he cannot see what is there inside. There is only a little grid and and no exit. Here the speaker is the owner of the box but she is afraid of the box because inside the box the bees are humming furiously. Therefore she forgets her sense of ownership. She becomes too much afraid of the bees. She thinks that she is not the source of honey so why the bees should turn on her. The final impression of poem relates to the fact that the bees control her and the owner does not control the bees at all. Sylvia Path probably is in search of her true self. The box is her mind and the "swarm" inside the box are her thoughts. She says 'I will be sweet God, I will set them free'.Only through her death will she be able to set these dark thoughts and emotions free. May be she could have written this poem while she was comtemplating suicide. The bees represent the immensely powerful and active thoughts swarming inside Sylvia Plath's head ("The unintelligible syllables / It is like a Roman mob . . ."). But one should be careful of reading suicidal thoughts into all her work. The choice to let the bees out into the world rather than let them die inside the box seems to me to represent her commitment to expressing her thoughts in poetry rather than staying quiet, as she had done through most of the aweful summer preceding the writing of the "bee poems." The box may again represent her body and how everything is trapped inside her but her body is only temporary and when she dies that she will be free. However, it does not necessarily mean that she was thinking about suicide, just her own death. like Yeats in "Sailing to Byzantium’.
Dr.Ratan Bhattacharjee

| Posted on 2009-04-05 | by a guest


.: :.

The Arrival of the Bee Box’ is a symbolic poem and the bee box is a metaphor for Sylvia Plath herself. The bees symbolise the poet’s unconscious self which seeks freedom. The poem gives the organic view of creation. After a long strenuous battle with the tortuous self, she seems to come to terms with herself at last in these poems : “ I am in control/ Here is my honey- machine’. But actually she is not in control of the situation. The bees are angrily crying for freedom. Their words are confused and they cry like maniacs. They are hungry and they , if allowed to come out , would clamber around her. She feels depressed and despairing. Her unconscious self whispers unintelligibly to her. Unconscious self speaks in unintelligible language. Indeed unconscious self is her mad self. The box referred to is really the coffin. But her ritual death is temporary. Her conscious self is in a temporary suspension. So the poetess endures and fights the forces of despair.
Sylvia Plath’s life and poetry continue to be surrounded by controversy. Understanding her poetry requires some understanding of her short and troubled life. As a young adolescent she was anxious about not leading a typical woman’s life. She was struggling with a failed marriage and the bringing up of her two young children. Many of Plath’s poems are about herself. In this poem the speaker becomes the beekeeper herself. He owns a boxful of restless bees. The box is lot with no window in it. The speaker has to live with the box through the night as there are no windows in this box therefore he cannot see what is there inside. There is only a little grid and and no exit. Here the speaker is the owner of the box but she is afraid of the box because inside the box the bees are humming furiously. Therefore she forgets her sense of ownership. She becomes too much afraid of the bees. She thinks that she is not the source of honey so why the bees should turn on her. The final impression of poem relates to the fact that the bees control her and the owner does not control the bees at all. Sylvia Path probably is in search of her true self. The box is her mind and the "swarm" inside the box are her thoughts. She says 'I will be sweet God, I will set them free'.Only through her death will she be able to set these dark thoughts and emotions free. May be she could have written this poem while she was comtemplating suicide. The bees represent the immensely powerful and active thoughts swarming inside Sylvia Plath's head ("The unintelligible syllables / It is like a Roman mob . . ."). But one should be careful of reading suicidal thoughts into all her work. The choice to let the bees out into the world rather than let them die inside the box seems to me to represent her commitment to expressing her thoughts in poetry rather than staying quiet, as she had done through most of the aweful summer preceding the writing of the "bee poems." The box may again represent her body and how everything is trapped inside her but her body is only temporary and when she dies that she will be free. However, it does not necessarily mean that she was thinking about suicide, just her own death. like Yeats in "Sailing to Byzantium’.

| Posted on 2009-04-05 | by a guest




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