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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 21 of 421, added on November 20th, 2005 at 2:19 PM.

I think this poem is about her depression, and that the speaker is not
Plath but her inner demons, so to speak, quietly growing while she lives
her life as if everything is normal, and then one day they completely fill
her mind.

Jonas from United States
Comment 20 of 421, added on November 9th, 2005 at 11:03 AM.

I think it's rather shallow to think this poem is only about one issue. It
is a poem, after all, and can mean nearly anything in the entire world. On
my first read I found this poem to be a metaphor to society, how we spread,
grow, "inherit the earth" in a grotesque manner. Have you seen ants or
mushrooms spread? It's not an appealing thing, to me. I found it to be more
about humans overtaking of the planet (and essential destruction of all
that's good)

But as the good ole' bible says "Seek and ye will find". and I believe
feminist have an eye peeled for anything that can be twisted into feminism
(Granted this poem easily could be about feminism), and I perhaps am
seeking for a poem about mankinds destruction.

To each their own. If you're trying to pass some test on this; english
teachers perfer free thinkers. Dont requrgitate nonsense you read. Think
for yourself ;)

Personally: I loved this poem ^.^

Brita from United States
Comment 19 of 421, added on October 30th, 2005 at 8:52 AM.

The comments for these poems totally ROCKED. I had no idea what it was
referring to, being the ignorant 15-year-old I am, but with a little nudge
in the right direction, I'm hoping I scored high in my literature test. My
teached picked this poem to study.

On reflection, it's very subtle, very deep, and very powerful when you
think about it. Sylvia seems so very brilliant, it's awe inspiring!

Xin from Australia
Comment 18 of 421, added on September 8th, 2005 at 8:24 PM.

I didn't like this poem. It didn't have nearly enough alliteration.

joodie from Bulgaria
Comment 17 of 421, added on September 8th, 2005 at 8:00 PM.

i think that this poem was written about the way that she died. think about
it she commited suicide after serving her kids milk and cookies by leaving
the oven door open with the gas running. she died discreetly, no body sees,
no body tries to stop, heaving up needles, and she was bland-mannered....

re-read this poem and think of these things...

chasape from United States
Comment 16 of 421, added on September 8th, 2005 at 7:55 PM.

i think that this poem is about how she died. read the poem again and think
abotu the way that she died.(she died by closing all the doors in the
kitchen after leaving the oven open with the gas running with right after
serving her kids milk and cookies)right back after you re-read the poem

chasape from United States
Comment 15 of 421, added on August 24th, 2005 at 7:19 PM.

this poem was alright

jason from United States
Comment 14 of 421, added on May 16th, 2005 at 10:46 AM.

To be able to analyze this poem, we must consider how women were treated
through out the 50s. Sylvia Plath developed the idea of a community of
women to fight against male chauvinism in order to change their role in
Sylvia Plath in this poem gave the reader an idea of how women were treated
that time, how they had to fight for theirn own fights, to grow in society
and to reach equality with men.

Marco Zazzini
Comment 13 of 421, added on April 26th, 2005 at 11:23 AM.

In my opinion this poem is a exelent description of the feminist movement.
That even if it`s hided and criticiced by society as an antimale movement
it grows. Slowly and quietly with out asking for the atention of the world
up to the time when it will be a group to take in account.
The poem is write with a lot of metafores but with simple words.
In my opinion a great poem to take in account.

Guido Martinez Dorr from Argentina
Comment 12 of 421, added on April 26th, 2005 at 11:23 AM.

I liked very mucho the poem because can be analised wiht diferents points
of view.
Sylvia Plath tries to tell as (the word) the feminist side.

Tomas Iannetta 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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