The poet's tells of her father, who was killed by bees.
She wonders how a man so great would be able to be killed by bees. She tells of how her father was a great man, who
took on wings himself, but yet he was killed by something almost as small as his thumb nail.
In reality, the poet's father died of diabetes. She relates
diabetes to the sting of bees, something you can see coming, and feel, and you're unsure of what the reaction will be.
Lament, by Sylvia Plath
Cristen Kleindienst, English 11, Block A2, Mr. Brisebois, May 2005.