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Winter Trees Analysis



Author: poem of Sylvia Plath Type: poem Views: 24

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The wet dawn inks are doing their blue dissolve.

On their blotter of fog the trees

Seem a botanical drawing—

Memories growing, ring on ring,

A series of weddings.



Knowing neither abortions nor bitchery,

Truer than women,

They seed so effortlessly!

Tasting the winds, that are footless,

Waist-deep in history—



Full of wings, otherworldliness.

In this, they are Ledas.

O mother of leaves and sweetness

Who are these pietàs?

The shadows of ringdoves chanting, but easing nothing.






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This seems to relate closely to the bleak landscape of Devon in the winter, where Sylvia Plath lived before discovering Ted's affair. Possibly this poem could be explaining her loneliness and loss of freedom, and her wish to be emotionless (she is envious of the trees). She also seems to speaking of the hatred she has towards her own body and women in general, conflicting with her views as a feminist. Although this hatred could be interpreted to be aimed at complacent, empty, women, and their submissive role at the time. "Ring on ring" seems to directly refer to unfaithfulness and bigamy.

| Posted on 2014-01-15 | by a guest


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This poem was written by plath In November 1962, following the frenzy and quality of the \'october poems\'. In the poem, Plath seems to be cursing her own womanhood, whilst being envious of the Winter Trees themselves. They grow memories \'ring on ring\' together, and know neither \'abortions nor bitchery\', and are \'truer than women\'. This seems to be in reference to Assia Wevill, the woman whom Plath\'s husband, Ted Hughes left her for.

| Posted on 2010-12-28 | by a guest




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