This is fascinating to me because it perfectly captures the nature of the creative process, which is so very hard to pin down or define. The whole world stretches its limbs into a consciousness. Yet that is also its theme; the rider is one with the horse, the horse is one with the furrowed earth, and the dew on the furrow is one with the rider. Plath implicitly reinterprets the experience as symbolizing the race of life, the pressure of existence, the struggle to control and overcome many kinds of constrains, the suicidal thrush towards death and the process of growing up into the adult world. Esther's response to Buddy's reiteration of Mrs.
Although neither myth presents a wholly accurate picture, truth exists in both. The poem studies the resulting state of mind: we experience how she feels. All it needs is the courage to understand the problem. GradeSaver, 1 December 2015 Web. This clear and detailed 48-page reading guide.
Ariel is the representation of a person caught in the world which denies her humanity by defining her sexuality. The poem suggests that this process occurs after the rider completely rejects societal norms and human conventions. She is casting herself as the opposite. Ariel by Sylvia Plath: Critical Analysis Ariel is probably Plath's finest single construction because of the precision and depth of its images. So it is a kind of movement of the poem from non-existence to existence.
But perhaps the most important structural, as well as thematic, line in the poem is the last line, which is also the final stanza of the poem. The literary work under analysis will vary across genres, focusing on her later poetry, to demonstrate consistency or several changes concerning these ideas. But, through its precise rendering of sensation, the poem becomes a temptation: it draws us into its beautiful aural and visual universe against our win. This horse means power, speed, energy and capacity. In that particular place, the protagonist finds herself in a terrible situation — she is in anguish and probably feeling alone, since the one she evokes is a homunculus, a miniature of flesh that reminds the woman of an actual person. This means there is nothing to worry about. The 'rapture' is, as in 'Fever 103°', simultaneously spiritual and orgasmic.
One can enjoy this ride only if they have solution to the problems of life else they will sit with hands on hands will making the problem double in strength and become tougher to beat. Conclusions To summarize, the individual in her poetry is multiple and complex, usually a woman, trying to understand, discover and cope with how selfhood performs rather than having to perform it. Like her other poems, she puts down her grievances and resentment for her family and friends as well as society at large. Plath went on to complete a highly successful college career. Plath was clinically depressed for most of her adult life.
However, if we could extricate our interest from word meaning and be able to see the music of the words themselves then we could still grasp the general sense to some extent. Though Plath reacted against the academic vein in poetry, her choice of words in this poem talks against the reaction itself. Wheat represents mother earth and the mythical goddess of the grain, while seas and waterways represent female cycles and transition. Most potent of all, Ariel is the spirit of poetry, the romantic embodiment of inspiration or genius. Williamson argues against the randomness of the event, as not adequately supported by the narrative or Esther herself. Plath is clearly the female rider, but she identifies with the horse's masculinity.
Despite the mythology that has grown up around the poet, mental illness is not romantic. Davis sees Plath as wanting to communicate this private, ecstatic, and nearly-unknowable experience to the reader. She tosses her clothing off like a rebellious Godiva and rides free, fast, unclothed, and fully herself toward her goal: White Godiva, I unpeel -- Dead hands, dead stringencies. The same sound may run on from stanza to stanza, with much identical rhyme. There are several things attached with horse.
To do so, Lady Godiva rose through the center of town on horseback, naked. Plath excelled in school and developed a strong interest in writing and drawing. Another way in which the form works to complement the meaning is in the stanzaic form itself. This change in the theme of the poem is signaled both by a change in tone and by a change in technique, and specifically by the break in the rhyme scheme. And there is no movement either. The entire stanza is made up of only eight syllables, the typical length of a single line in stanzas one to three. Federal University of Minas Gerais.