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Analysis and comments on Crossing The Water by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 7 of 13, 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 5 of 13, 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 13, 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

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Information about Crossing The Water

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Crossing The Water
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 2850 times
Poem of the Day: Mar 31 2004


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