In Response To:
Introduction to English literature
Name: Sophie Ko
Among these five poetries, "Metaphors" is the one impresses me most because the way it's represented is very funny. I did laugh pretty hard while reading something she uses to describe the speaker, such as "An elephant, a ponderous house, a melon strolling on two tendrils." From "two tendrils", we see that she seemed to be very skinny and slim before her pregnancy, and that's probably why she uses "An elephant, a ponderous house, a melon," to show how much she hates her fat, large, and pot-bellied figure.
On the other hand, "O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!" these three things are all very valuable and precious, and the intonations of her words sound like she's praising them as if she were praising the baby. It seems that though she dislike her overweight body, she still feels happy about having her own child. In addition, "This loaf's big with its yeasty rising," tell us obviously that her belly is getting bigger and bigger everyday.
To my surprise, how can a mother take her own baby as new-minted money? Is that supposed to mean that the baby is a money making machine? I don't really quite agree with this point of view. I mean, raising a child causes a lot! I think perhaps what she is trying to say is that, now the baby in her belly is like new minted-money in a fat purse, and once the baby comes out, money will also be taken from the purse and be spent on the baby's need.
"I am a means, a stage, a cow in calf." From here, we can tell that she starts fell herself not only an ordinary woman any more, but a mother because her pregnancy is a means of creating lives. And she can't do anything she want as usual, for she feel herself as a stage which holds on the heavy weight of people upon it. If something wrong happen to her, the baby goes down with her. As to "a cow in calf," I consider that in her mind, she and the baby have become one.
"I've eaten a bag of green apples, boarded the train there's no getting off." From the first part of this sentence, we see that she's doing this for her child sake. And the second part reveals a sense of feeling that she is not willing to have the baby, however, she doesn't have a choice.
In the beginning, the speaker calls herself "a riddle in nine syllables." Then look at the whole poem, it's composed of nine sentences, and each of them offers some metaphors to this riddle. The word "riddle" represents her nerve and unstable mood, which probably caused by the pregnancy, because when a woman is having a baby, nobody knows what's in her mind.