Sylvia Plath: Poems

Describe the different techniques in the poem "Child" by Sylvia Plath

Techniques could be

- innocence

- protection/bravery

- humour


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In this poem, Sylvia Plath expresses tender love for her infant. She longs to satisfy her child’s yearning [longing] for beauty and fun in life. Plath then reveals her own bleak [miserable] mood at the end of the poem.

Silvia Plath wrote this poem in four three line stanzas.

On one level the poem is about a mother’s love. In the first stanza Plath expresses love and admiration for the purity of her child’s eye. She wants to give pleasure to her child by filling her eyes with the colours and toys that normally delight children. She mentions ‘ducks’ as an example. Plath uses a lovely image of ‘zoo’ to show the exciting range of new experiences that she wants to give her young son.

In the second stanza Plath gives two examples of plants that her child is learning about.

In the third stanza Plath uses a plant image to show her child’s perfection: ‘stalk without wrinkle’. She regards her child’s clear eyes as a mirror that reflects the wonders of the world: ‘grand and classical’.

In the fourth stanza Plath reveals her personal troubles. She uses an image of twisting her hands in anxiety to convey her distress: ‘Wringing of hands’.

Plath then describes her dark life by comparing it to a ceiling without a star.

She concludes the short poem on a very unhappy note.