Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
May 2nd, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 313,730 comments.
Sylvia Plath - Lorelei

It is no night to drown in:
A full moon, river lapsing
Black beneath bland mirror-sheen,

The blue water-mists dropping
Scrim after scrim like fishnets
Though fishermen are sleeping,

The massive castle turrets
Doubling themselves in a glass
All stillness. Yet these shapes float

Up toward me, troubling the face
Of quiet. From the nadir
They rise, their limbs ponderous

With richness, hair heavier
Than sculptured marble. They sing
Of a world more full and clear

Than can be. Sisters, your song
Bears a burden too weighty
For the whorled ear's listening

Here, in a well-steered country,
Under a balanced ruler.
Deranging by harmony

Beyond the mundane order,
Your voices lay siege. You lodge
On the pitched reefs of nightmare,

Promising sure harborage;
By day, descant from borders
Of hebetude, from the ledge

Also of high windows. Worse
Even than your maddening
Song, your silence. At the source

Of your ice-hearted calling --
Drunkenness of the great depths.
O river, I see drifting

Deep in your flux of silver
Those great goddesses of peace.
Stone, stone, ferry me down there.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 14174 times | Comments and analysis of Lorelei by Sylvia Plath Comments (38)

Lorelei - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Lorelei
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1956
Poem of the Day: Mar 27 2015

Comment 38 of 38, added on March 31st, 2016 at 11:51 AM.
sUngFaYNqEmGNftLB

ZRr8oo Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog post.Really looking forward to read more. Want more.

coco service from Netherlands
Comment 37 of 38, added on March 1st, 2016 at 6:29 AM.
zDNPKyQblsTRlBv

KEXDs1 This is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Simple but very precise info Thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

fiverr cocoservice from Canada
Comment 36 of 38, added on December 31st, 2015 at 11:32 PM.
zOKupREeTDOEnM

lplqCD

FrogTKxABIVSjQv from Spain

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Lorelei, has received 38 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Plath Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links