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The Arrival of the Bee Box Summary & Analysis
by Sylvia Plath

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“The Arrival of the Bee Box” is a poem by Sylvia Plath, one of the most prominent American poets of the 20th century. It was published in her bestselling collection Ariel, and forms parts of a sequence of poems that involve bees in some shape or form. In the poem, the first-person speaker receives the bee box that she “ordered.” She contemplates her power over the box and the bees, variously feeling like does and doesn’t want it. By the end, she resolves to set the bees free—but will only do so “tomorrow,” ensuring the poem ends on a note of irresolution.

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