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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 61 of 201, added on October 1st, 2009 at 11:16 AM.

I highly doubt its about Magical Mushrooms, duh!!!

Alli Budny from United States
Comment 60 of 201, added on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:38 AM.

Okay, so while some people may think this poem is about China and some
don't, the common thing is communism. Personally I think the poem is the
Women's liberation movement but while researching this poem I had a
fabulous idea. From the communism point of view it's probably slightly more
accurate to say that the poem is about Vietnam. The USA launched its war
against Vietnam, not China, in 1963 (is it? Someone check my facts). The
USA was doing horrible things to anyone suspected of being a communist. So
perhaps Mushrooms is Plath's interpretation of communism creeping in from
Vietnam. The only date I could find for Mushrooms was January 1963 which
ties in with Vietnam. Anybody agree with this? Feel free to shoot this
theory down, it's not very well researched but the inspiration is there!!!!

Erin from South Africa
Comment 59 of 201, added on June 1st, 2009 at 3:55 AM.

hey .... another idea..... it is known that Sylvia Plath was pregnant at
the time of writing this poem. i feel this poem also depicts the coming of
a new generation. 'whitely, discreetly, quietly'... what better words can
you get, to describe a growing fetus!! maybe she imagined her own baby
speaking to her. the poem represents the hope and future of the world - the
forthcoming generation. ... or .... she may be speaking of WAR AND HATRED.
remember the smoke that goes up from an explosion takes the shape of a
MUSHROOM!!

varsha hegde from India
Comment 58 of 201, added on June 1st, 2009 at 10:37 AM.

i feel mushrooms has a lot to do with GOSSIP. the title 'mushrooms', as i
strongly feel, is a verb - which means, to crop up or to arise. at the time
of writing this poem, sylvia plath's married life was in turmoil and it is
very much possible that she had to face embarrassing talks from people
around her. penning down her frustration was the best thing she could
do.... or that is what i feel. i think she has worked each and every word
to bull's eye perfection. just try reading the poem from the 'gossip'
point-of-view; you'll enjoy it!!!

varsha from India
Comment 57 of 201, added on May 11th, 2009 at 11:48 PM.

Sorry, but this poem cannot be about China, as much logic as your idea
contains (not sarcasm) China would not have been an issue in her time
period.


Jc from United States
Comment 56 of 201, added on May 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 PM.

what i think is that the poet uses personification to show that the
mushrooms are laborers, like they are important and are used, but not
noticed often. (she mentions 'we are shelves') and that one day, the
laborers will be controlling everything, and that they really are there and
working hard!
however, i may just have lost my mine when analyzing this poem.

irene from United States
Comment 55 of 201, added on April 26th, 2009 at 7:46 AM.

I don't think this poem is about mushrooms at all, or else why would she be
considered as a confessional poet? This poem has to have some meaning that
is relevant to her own life which is why I think it is about the struggle
for women of her time to gain equality. It is a very optimistic poem
because it ends on a positive note with hope for the future for women.

Stacy from Australia
Comment 54 of 201, added on April 1st, 2009 at 7:03 AM.

Wow, this poem was sooo cool, i really thopught it was about how she likes
to do magic mushrooms

Bob Jones from Bangladesh
Comment 53 of 201, added on April 1st, 2009 at 6:05 AM.

when i read the poem mushrooms, i got very confused...i mean what is a
mushroom!!!?

i was told it was about a mushroom. what?

Neil Ruston from Iraq
Comment 52 of 201, added on March 13th, 2009 at 6:21 PM.

wow! the first time i read this poem my first thought was what the hell but
i studied it and it has s much depth and beuty. I cannot say what it means,
i can only voice my oppinion but i hope my oppinion counts for something. I
believe Sylvia PLath liked writing poems about female rights and i have
reasons to believe that this is one of those poems! I believe she picked
mushrooms becasue they grow even when obsicles are thrown at them, they
just find another way and i believe that that is a good way to put women
rising to power. Also the year it was written sujests that it was only a
couple of years after she tried to commit suicide in a cell full of fungi
and mushrooms and i think that could have given her some ideas on a poem.
this is one of my favourite poems and a great one to study in school

Bo from New Zealand

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Mushrooms
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1959
Added: Feb 20 2003
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