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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 48 of 448, 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 448, 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 448, 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 448, 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
Comment 44 of 448, added on October 8th, 2007 at 5:39 AM.

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

allison from South Africa
Comment 43 of 448, 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.

Comment 42 of 448, 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 448, 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
Comment 40 of 448, added on May 31st, 2007 at 11:30 PM.

Good poem but its hard to understand. The only comment that i have to give
is "this poem really tell about the rise of woman in this mercyless world"

Nepali manche from Nepal
Comment 39 of 448, added on May 30th, 2007 at 11:56 AM.

I believe this is a very strong poem abt women tht's ever wriiten. when i
first read it i thought plath had a strong character and she was a role
model for women but after knowing about her death i think she actually had
a very weak charcter. However the important thing is that it is an
inspirational poem and all of us should DEFINATELY read it!!! i loved this
poem, it actually made sense to me. The short phrases added to the Effect,
The insidious effect. Sylvia's poem has deeply touched me and her way of
articulating her emotions is simply superb! How I wish she were alive!!!!!
There are so many things to explore in this small poem of around 50
words!!!!!!!!!!a must read

ABHI 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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