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Analysis and comments on Child by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 9 of 69, added on March 11th, 2007 at 1:22 PM.

i find this poem one the saddest by plath!although the poems conveys an
array of positive images the undertone is dark and negative!it conveys
plaths realisation that she can never give her child what she beleives he
needs. she has realized that the positive and cheerful moments linked to
childhood are not something she can give her child, this itself is deeply
saddening and perhaps shows us that plath ahs come to realiza that she
cannot provide this stereotypical life for her own child. although one of
plaths more positive poem(indeed many peaple beleive minor glimpses of hope
may be interpreted from within the lines)i however interpret this poem to
be an early emmison of plaths saddening realisation that she will not be
ther to as she sees it poison her childs minds.

katie from Ireland
Comment 8 of 69, added on January 7th, 2006 at 8:07 PM.

i agree with ryan. The poet is clearly in awe of her child describing him
as 'the only beautiful thing.' She wishes only good for her child but she
is overcome by her own sense inadequecy, she fears she will pass on her own
feelings of despair to her son. She acknowledges that this is a time when
'images should be grand and classical.' I feel that the poet desires
happiness but her insecurities will not allow it. She knows she should not
be experiencing troubulous images of "wringing hands" and a "dark ceiling
without a star" but her depression is so deep that even during a reflective
moment with her child she cannot see an escape from her despair.

killian from Ireland
Comment 7 of 69, added on November 30th, 2005 at 1:30 AM.

This poem breaks my heart. I know those words that express those desires
for your child. I know the wringing of my hands because I fear that who I
am will damage their beauty.
Gorgeous poem, so glad stumbled across it.

Maxine from United States
Comment 6 of 69, added on June 24th, 2005 at 7:37 AM.

I feel that even though this peom has a lot of positive images, such as
'ducks', 'clear' and 'beautiful things', the poems in itself is quite
negative. i belive that this poem is about Sylvia being scared of the world
that she has bought her two children into. As she had bipolar disease, and
was probably in e relatively good mood when this poem was wrote, she has
experienced the terror the world we live in can bring. i mean the women
attempted suicide at quite a young age beofre she eventually succeeded
later in life. i am an A level english student and absoultley love Sylvia
Plath's poetry. if any one would like to discuss this poem further please
feel free to contact me

Comment 5 of 69, added on June 20th, 2005 at 7:21 PM.

To me, this poem's meaning is all in the last three lines. It's about a
mother who has known the world and all its darkness, being protective over
her child, who is pure and innocent and "clear". She wishes she could fill
his world with all things beautiful and grand and classical...I beleive her
reference to a "pool in whihc images should be grand and classical" either
relates to her tendency to refer to nature, specifically water, or a pool
of images, the unreal... The tragic last few lines are well-put...I think
she may be referring to her anxiety of her own influence on her child. I
picture an infant laying in a crib with his mother over him, wringing her
hands, the dark ceiling without a star.

Ryan from United States
Comment 4 of 69, added on May 23rd, 2005 at 10:54 AM.

Why would she kill herself in a oven when she has children?

star from United States
Comment 3 of 69, added on January 28th, 2005 at 9:20 AM.

i love sylvia plath

declan crowley from Ireland
Comment 2 of 69, added on November 16th, 2004 at 8:05 AM.

I am currently attempting an analysis of 'child'for a coursework
assignment. I have established that the poem conveys a mother/child
relationship through the voice of the mother. And the expression of the
mothers desire to bring her child happiness through exposure to the beauty
of the world. But i am struggling in my discussion of the poetic effects
Plath uses to create the text world, any advide would be appreiciated!

Lee from United Kingdom
Comment 1 of 69, added on October 20th, 2004 at 2:12 PM.

I am recently studying the work of Sylvia Plath, only 2 poems so far, and i
admit i came onto this site for help in answering questions! But the first
thing i noticed was that even though both "Morning Song" and "Child" have
the same theme, children and her experience of childbirth, they are oddly
contrasted. For example, the imegery in morning song is all dark, shadowy
museums, while "Child" expresses the joy and love shred for Nicholas. Also,
in both poems she referrs to her children as being parts of nature, not her
children but natures.

Pablo Rhianni from Ireland

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Child
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1963
Added: Feb 20 2003
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