Literature Essays on ‘Tulips’ by Sylvia and ‘Phenomenal Woman” by Maya

Discussion #1 ‘Tulips’ by Sylvia Plath

There are various reasons why the poem is named ‘Tulips’ and not white walls or any number of items from the writing. First Tulips means perfect love. Just like most flowers, various tulip colors also have their significances. For instance, Red tulips are most associated with acts of true love. Ultimately, the red which at one point represents strife and struggle start to depict a symbol of a transition sense within the speaker. The woman states that in her heart “red bloom bowls out as a sheer love of her” (Plath, 1960). In this case, the red color gets opened and is personified in a unique positive light, as she recognizes her strengths, and the need to offer herself peace that she requires to resume to distant health.  She gives the details about this world stating that “everything occurred in a durable whiteness” ((Plath,1960 ).Despite, white being  used to convey a perfection and peace  image, the   image of a real world is similar to  the  image at the start of the  poem, which gives a depiction of   same  meaning  to ‘Tulips.’ This is why ‘Tulip’ is an ideal definition of the poem.

Discussion # 2 ‘Phenomenal Woman” by Maya Angelou’

A critique of Maya Angelou’s ‘phenomenal woman’ reveals various concepts. First; it is believed that the poem is about her, as she wrote it in the first person. (Angelou, 1979). The poet categorizes inner specific qualities of a different phenomenon as style, self-confidence, and graceful rhythm, in revealing inner strengths of her femininity while making use of figurative language (Angelou, 1979). Maya also managed to pass her message across in just four stanzas and kept the readers’ attention through children like rhyme repetitions and schemes through the poem. The imagery was used to describe body language and gestures and body as, the flash of teeth and the joy in her feet. Her tone is also joyous and upbeat through the whole poem since she is enthusiastic on her essence.



Plath, Sylvia. (1960).’Tulips’. Poetry Foundation.

Angelou, Maya. (1979). ‘Phenomenal Woman’. Poetry Foundation.