Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
April 26th, 2017 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 324,248 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: 92 times | Comments and analysis of Lorelei by Sylvia Plath Comments (49)

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 49 of 49, added on March 4th, 2017 at 2:31 PM.
KTMlAhqPMPAWRHOW

yP08lU Really appreciate you sharing this article post. Great.

lovely shez from United States
Comment 48 of 49, added on March 4th, 2017 at 11:49 AM.
WktWTaNmXyPhFlbqIL

vZmvCh Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I ave been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Appreciate it

lovely shez from Malta
Comment 47 of 49, added on January 31st, 2017 at 7:34 PM.
tudJChizBnhkGFwbY

on7okX Wow! I cant think I have found your blog. Extremely helpful information.

More Info from San Marino

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Lorelei, has received 49 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