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Comment 15 of 75, added on June 11th, 2010 at 7:07 PM.
I have to do this poem for an English exam on Tuesday and I found, after
two to three simple reading, that this poem carries an obvious and simple
theme. If you substitute the "white person" theme with that of a full body
cast, it is clear that the latter is the correct theme, not anorexia.
Nicholas Jabbour from Australia
Comment 14 of 75, added on October 4th, 2009 at 3:55 PM.
I think this poem is about anything relationship where the subject finds
him or herself in duality. It could be an eating disorder, it could be
drug/alcohol abuse, it could presenting oneself one way the to world but
feeling very differently inside. The details of all these relationships are
very different, but fundamentally, the concept is the same. I think the
beauty of this poem is that it has the ability to touch all people who are
living out dual lives to some extent, regardless of what the specifics are.
I DO think that the literal interpretation of the poem is of a woman in a
body cast - however this metaphor of living in a body cast can be applied
to many situations, including the aforementioned.
jane from United States
Comment 13 of 75, added on June 12th, 2007 at 3:14 AM.
Firstly i can understand how this poem can be associated with an eating
disorder of some type, but the conclusion i have come to after a critical
analysis towards the poem is the effects of drug and alcohol use.
The oppening line "I shall never get out of this! There are two of me now"
states that she has two sides of her, the drug or alcohol side, and her
normal side. The poem carries on talking about the two different people she
is and how, at first, she struggles to overcome the mentality but as the
poem goes on she slowly begins to fight her drug abuse.
In the second last paragraph it states "Living with her was like living
with my own coffin, yet i still depend on her, though i did it
regretfully". After seeing those two lines i clearly recognised the drug
abuse she may of been talking about how could you miss it?
Comment 12 of 75, added on June 12th, 2007 at 2:46 AM.
I cannot see why anyone could see themes of anorexia in this poem, saying
this I can't say I've ever had to deal with the problem. My first
understanding of this poem was one of birth of all things. She depicts her
child as a new, white, representation of herself, who grows to take care of
her mother and eventually moves on to live her life. Read the poem just
once, substituting any reference to the white person as a baby.
Secondly i see the references to schizophrenia and depression as in the
majority of Plaths writings though i believe there is more to this poem
than just the obvious, as in most poems.
Comment 11 of 75, added on April 10th, 2007 at 7:48 PM.
There is no textual support for these claims of an eating disorder. Just
so everyone knows,(ive seen this in various plath comments) she never
suffered from an eating disorder, she was bipolar and struggled with some
metal issues and depression.
This poem depicts the differences between the two people that she is, the
perfect mother/wife on the outside and the depressed, troubled person she
is on the inside. FYI i read that she was inspired to write about a woman
in a cast while in the hospital, the woman next to her was in a cast.
cat from United States
Comment 10 of 75, added on March 29th, 2007 at 8:30 AM.
I relate this poem with the eating disorder anorexia. I've had anorexia
for 6 years and the feelings she has about the hard, white being is the way
anorexia feels. It begins with a mutual friendship, but it tries to take
you over. Some wish to fight and that is the desire she is expressing in
the final few lines. What assures me that the poem is about anorexia is
her description of herself as ugly and hairy. She realizes that her thin
body is ugly and the hair is from a condition called lanugo that occurs on
the bodies of most anorexics
from United States
Comment 9 of 75, added on February 18th, 2006 at 10:03 PM.
i think so too that this poem is about an eating disorder of some
could she be anorexic too?
cos many people who are depressed have EDs and the other way.
cait from Canada
Comment 8 of 75, added on January 17th, 2006 at 10:36 AM.
This poem works on a multiplicity of levels and uses diverse commonplace
images. I believe that Sylvia Plath was a beautiful, sensitive and
creative human being who suffered from depression, perhaps the price we
have to pay for sensitivity and a creative nature. I see the poem as
drawing upon the "commonplace," or phenomenon, of out of body experience
(OBE) which would be consistent with the white identity and the yellow,
jaded poet persona.
There are numerous references in Sylvia Plath's poetry which I believe are
drawn from this OBE commonplace, such as the "spiritshift" in "Love
Letter." These experiences are ineffable, can be wonderful, beautiful, and
afterwards leave someone discontent with their "jaded," corporeal reality.
I believe that some depressive suicides are due in part to a desire to step
from the "yellow" reality to the "white," from the jaded to the perfect,
from the living to the spiritual which would be consistent with Sylvia
There is a great deal more to Sylvia Plath's poetry than is first apparent,
and the aspect I describe is only an aspect, but in my opinion it is one of
the key aspects to a better appreciation of the poet's ouevre.
Kenni Campbell 17th of January, Anstruther, Scotland.
from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 75, added on November 23rd, 2005 at 10:51 AM.
i wasnt sure bout this poem...i had to do it for english and i didnt really
no wat it was bout! im not sure but i think it was in another stay in
hospital and the 'white body' is a nurse who is slowly being the plaster
girl i think when she says she is her its just a metaphor or it has a
lily from Luxembourg
Comment 6 of 75, added on August 9th, 2005 at 10:12 PM.
I think this poem is about anorexia. Maybe it's not, but it sure sounds
Kimberly from United States
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