i am vertical

by CaitlynBryant
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i am vertical

I am VerticalBy: Sylvia PlathBut I would rather be horizontal.I am not a tree with my root in the soilSucking up minerals and motherly loveSo that in March I may gleam into leaf,Nor am I the beauty of a garden bedAttracting my share of Ahs and spectacularly painted,Unknowing I must soon unpetal.Compared to me, a tree is immortalAnd a flower-head not tall, but more startling,And I want one's longevity and the other's daring.Tonight, in the infinitesimallight of the stars, The trees and the flowers have been strewing their cool odors.I walk among them, but none of them are noticing.Sometimes I think that when I am sleepingI must most perfectly resemble them--Thoughts gone dim.It is more natural to me, lying down.Then the sky and I are in open conversation,And I shall be useful when I lie down finally:Then the trees may touch me for once, and the flowers will have time for me.

Tone: The tone is very depressed. The persona seems defeated in a sense.

The person speaking or the persona is (most likely) a woman who doesn't like herself very much. She thinks the worst of herself and wishes she was dead. In the poem there is a line: "Compared to me, a tree is immortal," which brings in the elements of nature and ties them to her feelings. There are other elements to show that she is tired of being "vertical", such as the first line in the poem.

Personification Lines 12-13 personifies the tree and flowers. Plath writes that they will never notice the persona.

ImagerySmell: "cool odors",Sound: "share of Ahs", "open conversation"Touch: "root in the soil", "lying down"Visual: "the beauty of a garden bed", "infinitesmalllight of the stars"

Death is a prominant factor in this poem. The persona dislikes herself very much and is conveying that she is not as beautiful as nature and would rather be dead. She even goes as far to explain that if she died then the trees and flowers would finally notice her.

~This poem is a "free-verse" poem.~Two ten line stanzas~ Not much meter except for pentameter couplets in the first stanza.~Lyric poem with dramatic undertone.

In I am Vertical, the poem starts off with these beautiful images of nature. It seems like a nice poem but ends morbidly. The persona wants to be dead because she is not as beautiful as the trees or the flowers.

MetaphorLines 5-6 the speaker compares herself to a garden bed, saying she is not as beautiful as it.

The persona could be the poet because she was so unhappy and depressed.



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