November Graveyard Analysis

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November Graveyard Analysis ‘November Graveyard’, by American poet Sylvia Plath, was written in a somewhat unique manner in comparison to the rest of her poems (the ones we had studied). Plath had used the poem as a representation of nature’s rather negative yet honest depiction of death and putridity. However, in order to apply this portrayal to reader’s minds the poet puts an emphasis on the images, efficiently sorting them into groups. By doing this, she is moving the poem in a particular direction while maintaining the same backdrop throughout the poem. This brings forth the message of the poem in the end. The message of the poem can be interpreted in many ways. One may see ‘November Graveyard as a simply word portrait, displaying the graveyard in a pessimistic manner. Perhaps the message of the poem is to reveal the truth about death, it being just cold, unyielding nothingness. Some may see it as Plath’s attempt for humans to see beyond what their modern consciousnesses allow them to see. More often or not, people tend to be too indolent to consolidate their own thinking in order to see things beneath the surface however, the tenacity of the human mind must be regained before one’s assimilation of the modern consciousness and ordinary consciousness can start. The poem consists of three stanzas, each of them containing six lines. Readers are able to immediately identify groups of images in this poem at first glance. The title itself is of important significance as it is a good example of Sylvia Plath’s effective choices of words. Traditionally, the month of November is seen as the month of the dead: everything falls dead, winter is approaching and nature is not flamboyant in colors. By presenting the poem in such a manner, the poet prepares readers for what is yet to come. Plath uses the first two stanzas to paint the backdrop. The fact that she finishes the

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