The Moon and the Yew Tree Poem

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‘The moon and the Yew Tree’ is a poem whereby Slyvia Plath attempt to establish connection and relationship with the nature and her mother, which in the end failed. She made used of form and structure, personification, dictions , description and images to portray her message. In her establishment of connection with the nature, she personifies the surrounding such as trees, light, grasses and moon, giving them an identity and human nature and thus attempt to connect with them by describing how she thinks she understand them inside out. She felt that “ the light is blue” and “ The grasses [are unloading] their grief on [her] feet…”; this does not only signify that she understands the hearts of these nature but also her sad mood where everything she sees seem overwhelming with sadness. She filled her senses occupied with experiencing the nature; “ prickling my ankles” and “ murmuring…”, indicating her wholehearted attempt to establish connection with the nature. This establishment portrays her desperation to be socialized with and her need of friends. Having the need to connect to nature shows that she could not connect to other beings and thus need to resort to this state. We can sense her loneliness and need to be concerned. In the last stanza, she claimed that “the message of the Yew tree is blackness-blackness and silence.”, showing that the nature has rejected her and that the establishment failed. Slyvia Plath could not even communicate with the substitute of being- nature. Slyvia Plath also established a connection with the moon as her mother. However, her mum’s relation with her is seen to be very superficial and distant. From “ The moon is no door”, we know that her mum is not someone whom she can escape to from her problems, not someone whom she can rely on. Slyvia felt that her mum is only concerned about herself- “ in its own light” and is rather eerie
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