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Analysis and comments on Cut by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 26 of 156, added on March 10th, 2006 at 6:14 PM.

I love how she turns a simple cut, something that everyone has done at one
at one point or another, and turned it into a metaphor of her life. She
looks at her thumb so apathetically, as though it's just something else she
expected, another blow. If Prozac is stopping people from writing more
poetry like this, then I say we outlaw it. Sylvia Plath turned her
depression into art, something everyone could learn from.

Nikola from United States
Comment 25 of 156, added on March 6th, 2006 at 11:55 PM.

me personally i love this peom.. but what fascinates me and really
confusing me at the same time *if thats possible* is how she can make us
readers pick all these images out of her writing over just cutting her
thumb while making the dinner? im sure we have all cut ourselves at one
time *if not then get out of your bubble* but it takes a true gifted person
to turn it into something so horrible like the Klu Klux Klan..
3 cheers for her mind!:)

Jacy from New Zealand
Comment 24 of 156, added on February 8th, 2006 at 9:23 AM.

I think the real issue in the poem is not the fact that she accidently cut
her thumb, which doesn't actually make for that much of an interesting
poem, but her attitude. The pain of her wide eyed, exhausted indifference.
"What a thrill - my thumb instead of an onion". She looks on apathetic as
she bleeds, numb and detached from the situation, and somehow savouring it
as a 'thrill', an excitement. Her emotions are so real and aching, it makes
the writing all the more beautiful.

Jennifer from France
Comment 23 of 156, added on January 1st, 2006 at 6:16 PM.

The imagery is graphic yet neccessary - if that makes any sense. Sylvia
Plath is a fantastic poet.

sorcha from United Kingdom
Comment 22 of 156, added on December 29th, 2005 at 3:45 AM.

wonderful, albeit graphic imagery...

Poe from United States
Comment 21 of 156, added on December 19th, 2005 at 6:38 PM.

go sylvia its your birthday

chikoban from New Zealand
Comment 20 of 156, added on December 16th, 2005 at 12:35 PM.

this poem is very good and very well writen! this poem as many differnt
metiphorical meanings and it makes you think. this poet is a very good
writer and knows how to make a connon incident into a mysterious wonder.

michelle from United States
Comment 19 of 156, added on November 28th, 2005 at 5:17 PM.

i love my boobs

me from United States
Comment 18 of 156, added on November 28th, 2005 at 1:41 PM.

i think this poem is about suicide! Although my class has been analyzing
this as cutting you thumb inistead of an onion.

"What a thrill"- she likes to cut her self takes away other pain in life.
"top quite gone"-the high points in life are gone.
"except for a ssort of hinge"- about to kill herself just one thing shes
holding onto.
"dead""white"- losing everythihng
"little pilgrim"- she feels small, unloved, not wanted
"carpet rolls"- rapping up your life, dieing.
"i step on it"- beating herself up over nothing
"straight from the heart"- feelings are true.

Paige gregory and Chelsea Garcia from United States
Comment 17 of 156, added on November 28th, 2005 at 1:44 PM.

This is really weird cuz i just..........

someone from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Cut
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Oct 30 2012

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