The Emotional Journey in Sylvia Plath's Parliament Hill Fields

Denise Tarango

Professor Derek McKown

Engl. 2305.006

February 24, 2014

``Parliament Hill Fields'' by Sylvia Plath follows the emotional journey of a mother as she mourns the loss of her child. Plath uses both literal and figurative imagery to describe how the speaker views the world surrounding her. The literal situation of the poem shows a woman, who has lost a child, standing in a park in London. Opposed to the content feeling a day at the park usually brings, the speaker experiences grief and sorrow while watching the other young children. A shift of emotion occurs as the speaker realizes she has another child to care for, therefore, she has another reason to live on. Sylvia ...

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and pale'', and ``round sky''. Although Plath is describing the scenery found at the park, she uses vocabulary that suggests an emotional tone of sadness. The reader first realizes the cause of the speaker's pain at the end of the first stanza. ``Your absence is inconspicuous; / Nobody can tell what I lack.'' (4-5) Although one may not be sure what is missing from the speaker's life, we know she is greatly missing someone. As we move on to the next stanza, Plath uses figurative imagery to show the speaker's feeling of despair. Much like the gulls at the river ``Settling and stirring like blown paper / Or the hands of an invalid'' (8-9), the speaker holds no control over the pain she is feeling. Using melancholy adjectives to describe the natural environment, Plath creates a tone of depression in which the majority of the poem will develop.

We begin to better understand the reason of her distress when the speaker views the girls in the park. She so much desires her child ...

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