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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 50 of 410, added on February 15th, 2009 at 2:41 AM.

The poem mushrooms is a great poem .Slyvia has painted pictures with
words.She has used presonification and ompared the women libereation
movement with the growth of mushrooms.I was inspired when I read the poem
because women in Pakistan dont have rights and are weak and this poem shows
how they can increase their rights in the soceity.

mirha khan from Pakistan
Comment 49 of 410, added on July 31st, 2008 at 10:37 AM.

i am doin IB and my teacher gave me this poem for my commentry and i am so
glad i got this poem becoz its sounds stupid if u are hearing it for the
first time but it has really got depth in it when you relli understand
it!!

uday from India
Comment 48 of 410, added on July 18th, 2008 at 10:55 AM.

Oh, come now. You can't definitively say that a poem "means" this, that, or
the other. The beauty of a well-written poem or any piece of art (such as
this) is that the interpretation of the meaning is ambiguous and depends
largely on the personal experiences that the reader brings whether
consciously or subconsiously. This is why we are attracted to certain
pieces of art- it reflects pieces of art back to ourselves so that we know
or see our experiences in a different way or through another lens. That is
why truly great art speaks to people of multiple, varied backgrounds- it is
ambiguous enough to resonate with a variety or overarching theme of human
experience. China or any other nation, women, the impoverished, or any
socially marginalized group.... the poem is meant to mean whatever is
meaningful to YOU, the reader.

Lindsey
Comment 47 of 410, added on April 20th, 2008 at 1:14 PM.

I have to agree with Roger the Cabin Boy (the battiest name by the way
Pathias).This poem is blatently about china. A growing nation finding its
way to world domination. Also the chinnese people are incredibly tiny and
so can fit into little nooks and crannies just like mushrooms. Otherwise
its about Tibetan Freedom, Muslim extremists or even Cypriots.


Jack the poet from Belarus
Comment 46 of 410, added on April 14th, 2008 at 12:14 PM.

This poem is about the growing power of a nation, possible china. this is
because there are a growing numbe of people, which matches up with the
poem. Also the chinese were rated as secondclasss citizens because of the
fear of communism so they were 'shadowed' by the class above them

Roger the cabin boy from Antigua and Barbuda
Comment 45 of 410, added on April 14th, 2008 at 12:08 PM.

This is an alternative view of Mushrooms, not the clychee aproach of
'women' or 'nature'
Mushrooms is a poem about love and the uprising of a nation. This nation is
my china! You can tell it is about china because it says growing numbers,
people working in shadows ( sweat shops ) soon to gain a prize for their
work.
Soon will dominate other nations, and will no longer be kept in the dark.
Go to this site its great. www.englisharts.com

Elowise Vache from United States
Comment 44 of 410, added on October 8th, 2007 at 5:39 AM.

this poem is very easy but yet confusing, i just dont know what it actually
represents

allison from South Africa
Comment 43 of 410, added on June 8th, 2007 at 9:42 AM.

I don't think this has anything to do with women. I think this has to do
with her poems.

ea
Comment 42 of 410, added on June 8th, 2007 at 5:15 AM.

Hello, assuming this poem is about the feminist movement I would say that
it has a deeper meaning than just the idea of the inevitability of woman's
rise to power.
You see despite the fact that mushrooms (as an organism) grow quick and
numerous their growth is also very short lived and only sustainable in very
specific conditions. Because it was written from the point of view of the
mushroom what I believe Plath was trying to express was the cutest in
virtue in the struggle of the mushroom but the poem also high-lights the
weakness in their achievement.

Jonathan from United States
Comment 41 of 410, added on June 1st, 2007 at 2:29 AM.

When i first read Mushrooms..i thought it was just some poem about a group
of mushrooms and how they grow...but it surely turned out to have a rather
intresting and complex meaning.the poem is not only vividly written with
use of many literary devices but the message it is giving is very
intresting. i think mushrooms talks about women and their empowerment which
is a must. no one should be discriminated because of any reason and
definately NOT because of their gender! this poem is one of my favorites
and a must read!!!

YUKTA from Nepal

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