"Wuthering Heights" by Silvia Plath. Deconstruction of the Poem.

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«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 the solitude she experiences, as ears tend to ring in a silent place. Horizons are “titled and disparate”, where the word “disparate” echoes the word “despair”, in its turn implying that she is in a desperate emotional state.  Through using a metaphor “touched by a match”, referring to the horizons, and saying that “they might warm me”, she not only acknowledges the reader of the coldness she feels, but also expresses hope that the horizons might warm her. However, the hope soon dissolves, along with the horizons in the last two lines of the poem- “But they only dissolve and dissolve, Like a series of promises, as I step forward”. Through repetition she enhances the bitterness she feels from the disappointment, and compares the warmth that was neglected to her, to the promises that were made to her but were never kept. The enjambment of the sentence structure between the last two lines is another proof to the possible connection between the horizons and promises. Such connection might mean that it is her allusion to her husband- a poet Ted Hughes that has not been loyal to her despite the vows given during their marriage. With the use of the word “me”, the readers become aware of the fact that Sylvia writes it in the first person...
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