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Analysis and comments on Lesbos by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 14 of 24, added on January 4th, 2010 at 5:24 PM.

In her introduction to the restored edition of 'Ariel' Frieda Hughes
mentions this poem as one which Ted Hughes kept out of the original British
edition of Ariel because 'the couple so wickedly depicted in it lived in
Cornwall' and I thought I'd point this out if for no other reason than to
(hopefully) dispel the idea that this poem was about Assia
Wevill--something I'd have argued against long before I reread Lesbos in
the restored 'Ariel' ...obviously a poem belongs to the reader, each
reader, but for heaven's sake, when you read a poem, please try (at least
on a first reading!) to set aside what you know or surmise about the poet!

Castiza from United States
Comment 13 of 24, added on February 9th, 2009 at 11:07 PM.

This poem is pretty much an insult to Assia Wevill, her best friend and
mistress to Ted Hughes, her husband. This poem was written four months
before she died, and the same month that Ted and Sylvia split up.
Literally, its describing a dinner party in which Assia attends, and Sylvia
tries to deny what she knows is true, being the "pathological liar" she
refers to herself as. She can't help but to realize the life her husband
is living, and wants to end it but doesn't know how.

The cool thing about this poem is that it's a combination of an insult to
Ted and Assia, one revelation of the adultery thats been occurring under
her nose, and goodbye to her husband, and a method of self-empowerment and
acceptance telling herself she can live without Ted, despite all he had
done for her writing career.

Comment 12 of 24, added on May 30th, 2007 at 2:08 PM.

this poem is amazing no matter how disturbing she is, she is a woman who
speaks her mind especially in the poem "Daddy" but this one by far is my
favorite. It shows the way lots of ladies feels if they feel trapped
somewhere with someone who they dislike...its sad find yourself...

Alicia from United States
Comment 11 of 24, added on April 19th, 2006 at 12:42 AM.

This is my favorite poem by Sylvia. I have read it over and over and have
come across so many different meanings to it. Is she thinking about a
specific woman, or is she just thinking about them in general? "You have
one baby, I have two." And "We should meet in another life, we should meet
in air, Me and you." It makes me think that she is thinking of a certain
woman. Maybe the one Ted cheated on her with? I can't remember the year
that happened, but it makes sense. Maybe I'm wrong. I've been meaning to
look more into this since I love the intesity and power of this poem so
much and would love to better understand her completely. That is just my
thought though.

amanda from United States
Comment 10 of 24, added on March 13th, 2006 at 6:52 AM.

This poem is beautiful.

elean from United States
Comment 9 of 24, added on March 9th, 2006 at 7:37 PM.

I'm sure that millions of people around the world can associate with the
underlying sentiments of this poem - the helpless disgust of being in a
life that you hate and knowing the beautiful possibilities that are
forbidden you and outside your grasp.

Pippa get over the spelling error - the comment was not a poem itself.

Michael from Canada
Comment 8 of 24, added on February 13th, 2006 at 2:02 AM.

as i am one of the people Plath is talking about in the poem, it gives me
great pleasure that my feelings are expressed in other words than mine. i
am a lesbian!

Farah Mansour from Egypt
Comment 7 of 24, added on January 14th, 2006 at 4:09 PM.

"Daddy" was about both her father and Ted Hughes. Her great resentment
towards her father is a misconception because they got along quite well.
ALSO! Can you all please learn how to spell? DISTURBED!

Pippa from United Kingdom
Comment 6 of 24, added on November 4th, 2005 at 1:20 PM.

I think that this poem shows Plath's real feelings about how she felt about
women and men...I think she was unsure of what she actually wanted. She
possibly was describing how she felt at times!! I don't know I personally
find her desturbing.

Stephanie from United States
Comment 5 of 24, added on October 25th, 2005 at 7:09 PM.

this woman was truly disturbid wasnt she no 1 can write like this without
haveing somthing trumatic happen to then!

alana from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Lesbos
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Aug 5 2007

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