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Sylvia Plath

A metaphorical poem exercise at uni to get us thinking about the meaning behind the words. A fun project with interesting outcomes from everybody. I tried to keep a constant theme throughout the work - some more literal than others. The roughs were then taken and expanded upon. She had a particularly melancholic life so I kept the illustrations more serious and in line with her situation.


Poem:

I’m a riddle in nine syllables, An elephant, a ponderous house, A melon strolling on two tendrils. O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers! This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising. Money’s new-minted in this fat purse. I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf. I’ve eaten a bag of green apples, Boarded the train there’s no getting off.


By Sylvia Plath



Each illustration is a separate line.

I’m a riddle in nine syllables,

An elephant, a ponderous house,

A melon strolling on two tendrils.

O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!

This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.

Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.

I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.

I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,

Boarded the train there’s no getting off.

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