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Comment 6 of 484, added on February 19th, 2010 at 4:39 PM.

I agree with the comments here about reading this poem literally--all poets
recognise what she meant by that moment when a thing or even a word
suddenly has a special radiance about it.

In addition to the brilliant theme of Plath's poem, I celebrate its
technicality. It is masterfully done, a free verse poem which establishes
its own patterns, moving from one stanza into the next across the space
between them on a line which seems to move through the whole poem, creating
a forward rush or a sense of something vitally important, leaving a reader
almost breathless. In addition, the rhyme sound at the end of each stanza
echoes like a tolling bell, a musicality which enriches the piece
wonderfully. (I guess it's pretty clear that this is one of my favourite
poems in the language!)

Judith Miller from Canada
Comment 5 of 484, added on November 16th, 2005 at 3:05 AM.

The main feeling I got from this poem was the desire Sylvia Plath had for
moments of meaning, moments of insight and and inspiration. Sylvia was a
woman who lived on writing, a vast majority of this i think, confessional
poerty. She was a woman who lived by writing in poetry about her feelings,
her experiences, her thoughts and moods. She expressed herself through her
poetry. The main idea that was presented to me from this poem was Sylvia
lived, stayed, for the moments of inspiration. She could not survive on
just the ordinary, just the nice and simple, or as she saw it mundane. She
needed moments of understanding, she needed more than normal, more than
what she saw as mediocrity almost. She needed inspiration, or she felt
that life was barren. This poem was almost a fight with herself, at the
beginning she denies the fact that she is waiting for something, "I do not
expect a miracle, or an accident." She is trying to kid herself, trying to
control her impulses and wants. She says "Let spotted leaves fall as they
fall, without ceremony or portent," which is metaphorically her saying "I
will just let things be, not try to change or act, or want more." The
large BUT comes through however, when she talks of how she desires some
backtalk from the mute sky. She can't control herself, even when she tries
and wants to. She can't reatin that normalcy, that lack of control and
longing. From that point onwards her denail slips away slowly, and she
speaks only of the inspiration she is looking for, of "whatever angel may
choose to flare. She finally finds that moment she's been waiting for, of
understanding, of almost momentary fulfillment. The trouble is, she knows
it's just momentary. She knows soon enough she will descend to that low
mood, and that she will once again have to wait for another moment of

laura from Australia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Black Rook In Rainy Weather
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1956
Added: Feb 20 2003
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