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Analysis and comments on Blackberrying by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 8 of 18, added on January 25th, 2006 at 1:36 PM.

I've been analysising this poem as part of my english coursework and
comparing it to Blackberry Picking by Seamus Heaney. I have found that both
poems use this strange theme of picking blackberries as metaphors of hope,
loss and disapointment. Also both poems refer to a journey of life,
starting good (as a child - with refrences to chilhood and innocence) then
getting progressively worse and worse, as the bitterness and mistrust stand
out more. This theme of journeys in this poem is show in the way the
setting changes in eachh stanza. I think this poem is very deep and does
need to be analysed just as deeply to understand it fully. If anyone does
need futher help into understanding this poem then please contact me, I am
very busy with studies but I will do my best to help you in any way I can.
Cammie x

Camaraderie from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 18, added on September 20th, 2005 at 1:55 PM.

I think this poem is a bit shoddy, i think sylvia decided she wanted to mak
a bit of cash but i can't see who would buy this junk....

Pete from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 18, added on September 18th, 2005 at 9:39 AM.

i believe this poem about her love for women, its the ways she described
the juices and squandering. i cant explain it, but i if you read it
carefully. I think you can pick up on the idea. its a beautiful piece.

mischke from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 18, added on September 15th, 2005 at 10:31 PM.

This poem is a very intriguing read. I've been working on the homeworks
from English 12 AP for the last 3 hours and i'm finally here - halfway. I
got sick of analyzing asinine poems and thought would cheat by finding the
analysis on the poem already done by less fortunate people. Here I am, at
this site, with nothing but comments and I feel like ranting so here I am.

At this very moment in time, if I had a single grant, I would wish for a
time machine so I can travel back into time and prevent the birth of Silvia

Thank you for reading and have a great day.

I love poems from United States
Comment 4 of 18, added on May 16th, 2005 at 10:48 AM.

some lovely onamatopiea and methapors. This poem reallly praises nature,
making everything sound so beautiful. Much alliteration on b, very

I. S from Canada
Comment 3 of 18, added on February 20th, 2005 at 7:37 AM.


peter from United States
Comment 2 of 18, added on October 7th, 2004 at 2:44 PM.

After reading this poem i really saw the mind of Sylvia Plath. A very
intriguing poem that does reflect her life in some way, different words
have different means, and she fully distinks what she finds a liking to and
a disliking to. Good read but you have to re-read a lot of it to find what
different words mean!!!

Rebecca from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 18, added on September 13th, 2004 at 11:33 AM.

Hmmm. Reading this in an English class really opened up the doorway to
poetry for me. A really intricate poem, with all the little details just
tucked away inside of it, waiting to be disected and analysed. Brilliant.


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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Blackberrying
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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