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Analysis and comments on Crossing The Water by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 9 of 11, added on March 14th, 2012 at 8:11 AM.
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Comment 8 of 11, added on January 4th, 2012 at 9:10 AM.
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Comment 7 of 11, added on November 27th, 2011 at 1:37 PM.
death, betrayed

i think that this poem has all the more reason of death and that she was
betrayed by god,she didnt understand why he would take her father from her
and he died when she was very younge. Her life was filled with death and
her thought of suicide. She wrote about ehr life and what she thought and
did a wonderful job on all of ehr poems.Yes they may be dark and scary or
sad but thats what she felt and she wanted everyone to know her experience
throught her writing.

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Comment 6 of 11, added on February 11th, 2011 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 5 of 11, added on May 4th, 2009 at 9:17 PM.

"Crossing the Water" is a poem of death, but not just the noun form of the
word. Plath uses extended metaphor as she compares life, and crossing over,
to crossing a Black Lake. This Black Lake could be symbollic of the lake
Styx in Greek mythology, as people believed this obsticle must be crossed
to gain admission into the after-life. Plath utilized Greek mythology quite
a few times in this poem. This may be because of the Greek's utter
facination with death and Plath's connection to them in that aspect.
This poem was written at the time of Plath's life, where death and suicide
were continually on her mind. This might be where the line, "The spirit of
blackness is in us, it is in the fishes," originated from; her thinking
that death was everywhere, in everything and everyone. The "siren" of death
was over-whelming to her, it practically blinded her to everything else in
the world, (as line 11 tells us.)
Another interesting thought Plath conveys is that death can help us grow
exponentially!As the tree grew to cover Canada by drinking the water in the
Black Lake, so can we grow strond by experiencing and 'drinking,' the
lessons of death. That, i think, is the main theme to this poem. Do not be
blinded to the lessons of mortality by adhering the to Sirens. Instead,
'Cross the Water.'

ashley nicole from United States
Comment 4 of 11, added on April 28th, 2009 at 5:57 PM.

I wonder what the theme of this poem is? This is about the marvel of life
and death and the darkness that is present throughout life.

Charlotte from United States
Comment 3 of 11, added on December 16th, 2006 at 4:20 AM.

we know thet sylvia suffered from a mental illness throught her life.she
attended to commit suicide several times,and death was always in her
mind.she also lost her dady when 8 years old.this poem is exactly about
death.everythink is black in her world,black is the color of death.shadows
are the world of ideas,imitations(from greek plato),it's not the real
world.little light symbolizes that she is still alive and hope for life,she
is not in a hurry...but still,she thinks of death!full of dark advice is a
clue in here.at the beginning of poem we see the image of lake,the symbol
to which i came across in her mirror poem before. she travels in a black
boat in a black lake.this lake is the lake of fate,an allusion from greek
mythology.it is again the world of death and it is cold.i again see a
metaohor that see used in her mirror poem,fish.difficulties makes goodbyes
hard says she in the lines a snag is lifting a valedictory.stars open among
the lilies,she is still in the waters,lily is an water plant,this line has
a connestion with the line a little light is filtering from the water
flowers,and these flowers are exactly lilies!the sky is open and she can
see the stars.stars are symbols of our fates!she can see and travel through
her future,her death...yes,death is
emotionless,silent,still,dark,terrifying.souls are shocked because of this
silence,stilness of death...and this world is the world of DEATH.
this poem is amazing for me,i really love sylvia's style.she's a great poet
i think.althougt this is a poem about death,she newer used the word of
death!i can see wit in her poems.perfect...

elis from Turkey
Comment 2 of 11, added on February 11th, 2006 at 7:39 PM.

This poem made me think about death. If you think about it, you might too.
The symbols are really distinct too, but at first they didn't jump out at
me the way they probably should have.
The river Styx in Greek mythology is the barrier that the souls must cross
to get to the underworld.
The stars are what most draw our attention when somone we love has died.
The pale hand seems to refer to the hand of a corpse.
Lilies, however beautiful are the flower of death.
And the word expressionless? Yes, death has no expression.
These are the symbols that are the most significant in this poem, and
that's why this poem reminds me of death. Although it's a very beautiful
poem, no matter what it's about.

Samantha from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Crossing The Water
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Mar 31 2004


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