Sylvia Plath Imagery

Sylvia Plath                          

I agree that the imagery used in the presentation is of great relevance to the text it is displayed alongside. I believe that use of such imagery compliments the text. It helps bring the text to life and reflects the meaning of the text meaning on a deeper visiual level. Slide 2: The seashore, slide 10: Bee's and slide 16: ship in a bottle demonstrate this very effectively.

Slide 2 features a quote from Martin Booth amid a dark, green tinged nautical scene. We can see rocks, cliffes, white sea foam and waves. Booth talks about Plath's poetry and says it “has a beautiful weirdness to it”. This is reflected in the image. The sea looks beautiful yet the darkness and the green tinge make the scene look weird, mysterious and quite eerie. The “ inviting malevolence” of the dark sea grabs your attention and seems to draw you into its depts. It “seeks to set a mood” and succeeds in doing this very well. This image is a perfect reflection of Booths words. The image helps to give his words a deeper meaning and “tell (us) something concrete”. Without this image backing up the quote, the quote would be much less effective.

Slide 10 shows an extract from “ The Arrival of the Bee Box”. In the background is a picture of thousand of bumblebees swarming over something. Personally I find this image repulsive, it seems to make my skin crawl and makes me shiver. I am not a fan of bees at all and the sight of so many bee's swarming all over a surface gives me goose pimples. From the image I can almost imagine them crawling on me and it really nauseates me.

This extract from the poem “The Arrival of the Bee Box” talks about the “noise” of the bee's within the bee box. Plath says the bee's are “angrily clambering” which we can clearly see from the picture. She seems to suggest the reason they are angry is because they are imprisoned. She wants to set them free and asks herself   “how can I let them out?” . She tells us that “it is the...