Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing. I want to fill it with color and ducks




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“Child” by Sylvia Plath

The Poem

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.

I want to fill it with color and ducks,

The zoo of the new

Whose name you meditate--

April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Little
Stalk without wrinkle,

Pool in which images

Should be grand and classical
Not this troublous

Wringing of hands, this dark

Ceiling without a star.

Your clear eye is the one absolutely beautiful thing.

I want to fill it with color and ducks,

The zoo of the new

Whose name you meditate--

April snowdrop, Indian pipe,

Little

Stalk without wrinkle,



Pool in which images

Should be grand and classical


Not this troublous

Wringing of hands,


this dark

Ceiling without a star.



  • Written after the birth of her second child, Nicholas

  • Two weeks before committing suicide

  • Last poem she wrote

  • Insight into her state of mind at that time.

  • Mindscape

  • Plath tells us at the start of the poem what she would like for the child, but at the end presents us with the reality.

  • This poem reveals more about her than her child.

  • Plath addresses her son directly, giving the poem extra intimacy and a deeper personal dimension.

  • The poem starts off sweetly - looking into her child’s eyes, they were the one absolutely beautiful thing.

  • Everything else was far from being perfect.

  • Plath wants to fill her son’s life with beautiful experiences.

  • She wants to teach the names of all these beautiful things to the child.

  • Plath also seems to want the reader to meditate on the names:
    April snowdrop: Suggestive of purity and innocence
    Indian pipe: Suggests peace, wisdom
    Stalk without a wrinkle: Suggests youth and beauty

  • She would like his eye to bear witness to only the wonderful and beautiful things in life.

  • Instead, the child must look at this troubled, newly single mother standing anxiously and wringing her hands.

  • Plath was unable to cope.

  • Instead of seeing a world of new experiences, the child lives a claustrophobic, dark, narrow and confined existence.

  • Plath felt inadequate, as she was not able to provide the things she would have liked to for her child.



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