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Analysis and comments on Child by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 15 of 85, added on March 8th, 2012 at 4:02 AM.

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Comment 14 of 85, added on February 12th, 2012 at 4:31 AM.

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Comment 13 of 85, added on November 25th, 2011 at 10:43 PM.

I think even though she is blessed with her first child (born in the month
of april)she feels incomplete,she feels she is the not the right person to
take care of the little baby. Some where deep inside her frustrations of
not being able to live up to her own expectations are growing.. the
greatest gift for a woman is to become mother...but somehow,plath due to
her frustrations,inferiority complex,high expectations etc she is not able
to enjoy it...

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Comment 12 of 85, added on March 29th, 2011 at 7:30 AM.


Elaine from Ireland
Comment 11 of 85, added on May 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 10 of 85, added on February 18th, 2009 at 9:11 AM.

There is a typographical error in the poem as well as on most internet
sites that I have seen. The lines should read "the zoo of the new whose
names you meditate," rather than the singular "name." This is because what
follows is a list of those names -- April snowdrop, Indian pipe -- both
wildflowers with either white or waxy blossoms, the coloration being
perhaps symbolically important since they are in stark contrast to her, the
"dark ceiling without a star."

JMY from United States
Comment 9 of 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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 85, 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


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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Child
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1963
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Apr 30 2014

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