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Analysis and comments on Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 65 of 475, added on March 7th, 2010 at 9:45 AM.
It's about 'Mushrooms"

The poem is about 'mushrooms'! nothing more and nothing less. The miracle
and majesty and might of nature.
All this pseudo-intellectual interpretation is just cranial fungii!!

Willy from Canada
Comment 64 of 475, added on December 3rd, 2009 at 3:54 PM.

it was okay but not the best

unhappy from China
Comment 63 of 475, added on October 7th, 2009 at 9:45 AM.

This is the first poem that i have thoroughly enjoyed. Although there are
many interpretations, we all can rest assured that Plath was an excellent
poet. =)

Sibongile Zungu from South Africa
Comment 62 of 475, added on October 6th, 2009 at 9:04 AM.

i personally think that she is reffering to women when she says mushrooms
because they are fragile and soft and she is mainly talking about the
feminist movement having its roots strong all over the world slowly but

faiqa from Pakistan
Comment 61 of 475, added on October 1st, 2009 at 11:16 AM.

I highly doubt its about Magical Mushrooms, duh!!!

Alli Budny from United States
Comment 60 of 475, added on June 3rd, 2009 at 5:38 AM.

Okay, so while some people may think this poem is about China and some
don't, the common thing is communism. Personally I think the poem is the
Women's liberation movement but while researching this poem I had a
fabulous idea. From the communism point of view it's probably slightly more
accurate to say that the poem is about Vietnam. The USA launched its war
against Vietnam, not China, in 1963 (is it? Someone check my facts). The
USA was doing horrible things to anyone suspected of being a communist. So
perhaps Mushrooms is Plath's interpretation of communism creeping in from
Vietnam. The only date I could find for Mushrooms was January 1963 which
ties in with Vietnam. Anybody agree with this? Feel free to shoot this
theory down, it's not very well researched but the inspiration is there!!!!

Erin from South Africa
Comment 59 of 475, added on June 1st, 2009 at 3:55 AM.

hey .... another idea..... it is known that Sylvia Plath was pregnant at
the time of writing this poem. i feel this poem also depicts the coming of
a new generation. 'whitely, discreetly, quietly'... what better words can
you get, to describe a growing fetus!! maybe she imagined her own baby
speaking to her. the poem represents the hope and future of the world - the
forthcoming generation. ... or .... she may be speaking of WAR AND HATRED.
remember the smoke that goes up from an explosion takes the shape of a

varsha hegde from India
Comment 58 of 475, added on June 1st, 2009 at 10:37 AM.

i feel mushrooms has a lot to do with GOSSIP. the title 'mushrooms', as i
strongly feel, is a verb - which means, to crop up or to arise. at the time
of writing this poem, sylvia plath's married life was in turmoil and it is
very much possible that she had to face embarrassing talks from people
around her. penning down her frustration was the best thing she could
do.... or that is what i feel. i think she has worked each and every word
to bull's eye perfection. just try reading the poem from the 'gossip'
point-of-view; you'll enjoy it!!!

varsha from India
Comment 57 of 475, added on May 11th, 2009 at 11:48 PM.

Sorry, but this poem cannot be about China, as much logic as your idea
contains (not sarcasm) China would not have been an issue in her time

Jc from United States
Comment 56 of 475, added on May 2nd, 2009 at 4:54 PM.

what i think is that the poet uses personification to show that the
mushrooms are laborers, like they are important and are used, but not
noticed often. (she mentions 'we are shelves') and that one day, the
laborers will be controlling everything, and that they really are there and
working hard!
however, i may just have lost my mine when analyzing this poem.

irene 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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