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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 54 of 424, 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 424, added on April 1st, 2009 at 6:05 AM.

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

i was told it was about a mushroom. what?

Neil Ruston from Iraq
Comment 52 of 424, 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
Comment 51 of 424, added on March 3rd, 2009 at 4:07 PM.

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address is very urgent..kbodyrobert@yahoo.ca.
Thanks Rob

Robert K Boyd from Canada
Comment 50 of 424, 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 424, 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

uday from India
Comment 48 of 424, 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.

Comment 47 of 424, 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 424, 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 424, 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
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

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