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« Reply #10: November 28, 2007, 12:12:13 pm »

Ooh, that is possible. But (just FYI, in case you don't already know) within Plath's oeuvre, the bee poems aren't linked to the poems about children. Outside the text, her father was a beekeeper and by becoming a beekeeper she usurps him; within the text, when she takes on the mantle of the queen bee, it isn't fertility or motherhood she's thinking of, but simply being queen.

That's from the poem "Stings". Even if she is a mother, this queen is "terrible" rather than full of maternal comfort, and she abandons the hive, which is seen as a deathly "mausoleum" as opposed to the ground of life. OK, so this is lit and you can argue whatever you want, but just thought I'd point out that intertextually Plath's queen bee isn't really the motherly type.  Undecided

Absent's reversed-Empress thing sounds interesting though. Could a mother who abandons her children to strike out on her own be an inverted Empress? I dunno. ABSENT!  Grin

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Gosh I'm obsessed. Excuse me while I go get a life.  Embarrassed

I think that if I had to pick, it would be a queen also...just from her association with the queen as you mentioned.  Yeah, we could all probably afford a life.  Smiley
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