Sylvia Plath’s poem “Metaphors” is full of great metaphors for pregnancy. Plath uses nine syllables in each line, and the poem consists of nine lines, so the poem itself as well as the content of each line is a metaphor for pregnancy. Though, there is one metaphor I could not understand. In the fourth line Plath writes ” O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!”  This metaphor is one that I can’t make heads or tails of. The “fine timbers” I believe are a metaphor for legs, but the meaning of “red fruit” and “Ivory” evade me; but Plath’s metaphors and meanings are always complex perhaps this one is beyond my current understanding.

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