For this assignment I was inspired by Sylvia Plath’s ‘Metaphors’ poem, which is inspired by pregnancy. It is a single stanza poem of nine lines, each line containing nine syllables with no set rhyme. I was interested in the way she created her own form, focusing on a specific perhaps personal event and both literally and figuratively connecting the two by using different metaphors. The result, in my opinion, feels both very universal and deeply personal.

I originally wanted to create a piece inspired by this and my relationship (was celebrating my 6th wedding anniversary on March 15th), I tried different approaches (this is my first creative writing course ever) but couldn’t come up with a result that felt meaningful. Writing metaphors is harder than I thought. Instead, I started with something more simple which, as I expected, has given me a jumping off point to expand and hopefully I can create something more meaningful and complex.

I took meaningful years, songs, places and memories and combined them with the intent of shining a light on where we have been vs where we are now.

Below the code along with some of the results:

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