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Tulips Sylvia Plaths poem Tulips is a hazy inner observation of the speakers experiences fighting for death in a world full of life Plath uses poetic devices to effectively illuminate the speakers emotional yet numb feelings in the state of depression and unhappiness She also includes imagery that continues throughout the entire poem for example the image of the water She sets the mood of the poem as being a depressing dark poem Plaths main theme is life vs death In the poem the speaker yearns for the hibernation of winter the deadening of the sense but such peacefulness is treacherous this peace means death In the first stanzas Plath sets the speaker in a hospital surrounded by one colour white The speaker handed her identity and responsibility to the doctors and nurses in the hospital To continue she is propped between her white pillow and her white sheet-cuff like an eye between two white eye lids that will not shutit has to take everything inl 910 Similarly she wants to shut off her mind to be completely at peace however she cannot stop her mind its restlessness The speaker observes the many nurses who all look alike walk past her room Her body is merely a pebble to them they tend it as water tends the pebblesl 1516 The speaker is a minor part of the entire hospital so the speaker goes unnoticed she is just another pebble Next the nurses bring her numbness in their bright needlesl 17 allowing her restless mind to discontinue wandering The speaker fades in and out of consciousness as she is caught by the smiles of her family picture The speaker becomes more depressed as she compares herself to a 30-year-old cargo-boat that has been swabbed of all her loving associations family She now thinks she is watching her possessions sink out of sight as the water rises over her head The water
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