"Wuthering Heights" by Silvia Plath. Deconstruction of the Poem.
«Wuthering Heights» is a poem written by an American poet Sylvia Plath and is based on a novel of the same name by Emily Bronte. In order to convey her internal feelings of despair and disappointment, Sylvia uses a certain tone, structure, and a number of stylistic devises. Below is a descriptive analysis of how she manages to do so, and an interpretation of a poem’s meaning stanza by stanza. From the beginning of the first line, Sylvia Plath sets a depressive and negative tone to her poem. “The horizons ring me like faggots”- is the first line of the poem, and yet it already suggests how desolate the place from where she looks at them is. With the use of personification “ring me” she creates an aural image of ringing, which enhances
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The “s” sound helps the reader imagine the literal hardness of solitude, as well as its transparency by being able to flow through her fingers with the “f” sounds. This in its turn indicates solitude’s double nature and Sylvia’s inability to neither control nor change it. In lines four and five Sylvia for the first time creates an image of nothing being straight- “hollow doorsteps go from grass to grass; lintel and sill have unhinged themselves”. By using the repetition “grass to grass”, she mimics the slowness of doorsteps’ steps, and personifies the doorsteps by giving them the ability to go. She also uses personification to describe how lintel and sill unhinge themselves, which once again reflects upon the presence of chaos and despair in her surroundings. By mentioning doorsteps, hinges and sills, she for the first time acknowledges the existence of humans in the past, and their current absence from the world that has been taken over by nature. The removal of all people but herself from the world not only enhances the bitterness she feels towards them, but also marks her egocentric nature as she is not willing to accept any advanced living thing but herself, preferring the nature instead. The fourth stanza ends with a repetition of the words “black stone, black stone”. As the air blows, Sylvia creates an aural image of the air moaning those words with the repetition technique, which slows down the speed of their pronouncement. At