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Sylvia Plath - Landowners

From my rented attic with no earth
To call my own except the air-motes,
I malign the leaden perspective
Of identical gray brick houses,
Orange roof-tiles, orange chimney pots,
And see that first house, as if between
Mirrors, engendering a spectral
Corridor of inane replicas,
Flimsily peopled.
                  But landowners
Own thier cabbage roots, a space of stars,
Indigenous peace. Such substance makes
My eyeful of reflections a ghost's
Eyeful, which, envious,would define
Death as striking root on one land-tract;
Life, its own vaporous wayfarings.

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Landowners
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1956
Poem of the Day: Nov 30 2004

Comment 3 of 3, added on April 13th, 2014 at 1:03 PM.
The song was in the

The song was in the seventh-grade vuolme of the Making Music Your Own music textbooks published by Silver Burdett in 1971. The source was A Second Book of Folk-Songs, by Engel Lund, published by Oxford University Press in 1961.

Ian from Czech Republic
Comment 2 of 3, added on June 26th, 2010 at 7:09 AM.

What is a landowner other than a life owner? Life and death. Sylvia Plath describes it so well. Once again this is a beautifull poem.

Emile Moelich from South Africa
Comment 1 of 3, added on March 6th, 2009 at 6:11 PM.

This poem is a very good one. It tells the audience that it is about landowners and the americans. Well Done :)

Hayley Welch from Australia

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