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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 34 of 424, added on May 13th, 2007 at 3:43 AM.

Mushrooms is a great poem and infact it's the best i've read so far. I just
love the way she has used the literary devices. The poem is very simple but
it conveys a big message for the world. Her work is feminist. The
illustration of unexpected mushrooms is used to reflect females. Mushrooms
don't need much to sustain just like women, yet they grow in numbers. They
don't need to be taken care of and they're found abundantly.Women don't
need to be aggressive or loud to get heard, they just simply grow together
silently and create a surprise attack!I luv it. :)

Chhoksum from Nepal
Comment 33 of 424, added on March 28th, 2007 at 6:20 AM.

according to other websites,this poem is about how mushrooms just seem to
"pop" up without anyone noticing. That's what Sylvia Plath thinks will
happen with women. Without men realsing they were "growing" they will "pop"
up and there will be no stopping them. They will be equal and a threat to
male society.
the person thinks that it is also talking about the ways in which men and
women gain power. Women don't need to be aggresive or loud can just simply
grow topgether silently and create a surprise attack. Another website
states that The poem is about her imminent birth, the mushroom is her
unborn baby. It is about the growth of a child in her womb, like the growth
of mushrooms in a dark and airless room. The whole poem is an extended
metaphor. She is terrified about what is going on in her body with the
'soft fists' 'hammers' and 'rams'. The baby is taking over her life just as
mushrooms take over everything in their path. (i'm doing a Literature
project for school so i'm researching on other people's analysis on the
poem) i hope that helps to answer any doubts =)

Jasmine from Singapore
Comment 32 of 424, added on March 23rd, 2007 at 3:49 PM.

does anybody know when sylvia plath wrote "mushrooms"? if u do please
write to me at : clover601857@hotmail.com

stephaine from United States
Comment 31 of 424, added on April 29th, 2006 at 1:51 AM.

This poem has an ominous moon. The poem talks about how mushrooms grow
secretly, and therefore the meaning is about a mass slowly rising ebcoming
more and more powerful without anyone noticing. The mass can be anyone's
own intepretation. Some people have said it is women and i also agree with
that. There are many techniques used, such as assonance and aliiteration.

Patrick from Australia
Comment 30 of 424, added on April 20th, 2006 at 6:39 AM.

I think mushrooms buy sylvia plath is about mushrooms growing. The way such
small insignificant things such as mushrooms can be shown as strong and can
end up taking over the world. Now there are many different interpretations
of this poem. Sylvia Plath wrote many poems about women rights and this
could be about women rising to power and becoming more than just the
insignificant beings the men see them as.

varin galla from Sri Lanka
Comment 29 of 424, added on April 12th, 2006 at 2:44 PM.

I'm surprised by these comments, I guess I must be daft because it seems to
me that the poem is really about mushrooms.

Jennifer from Canada
Comment 28 of 424, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 10:49 PM.

i thought this poem was about how she died which had to deal with the gas
that she inhaled which was what she was trying to do but otherwise this
poem was quite complicated but very enjoyful to read

shania from United States
Comment 27 of 424, added on March 30th, 2006 at 12:59 PM.

I am doing this poem for an english project im doing, i picked this poem
because it was the easiest and shortest out of the choices to memerize.
But im glad i picked it because it's such a deep poem in so many ways.

Bryan McClain from United States
Comment 26 of 424, added on March 21st, 2006 at 7:02 PM.

Sad but it is the true reflection of her life... of course involving her
clinical depression

Nicolina from Canada
Comment 25 of 424, added on March 7th, 2006 at 8:36 AM.

sorry for the spelling mistake ment to say her- recomend the poem though

helen freeman from United Kingdom

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