Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
August 23rd, 2016 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 316,734 comments.
Sylvia Plath - Stillborn

These poems do not live: it's a sad diagnosis.
They grew their toes and fingers well enough,
Their little foreheads bulged with concentration.
If they missed out on walking about like people
It wasn't for any lack of mother-love.

O I cannot explain what happened to them!
They are proper in shape and number and every part.
They sit so nicely in the pickling fluid!
They smile and smile and smile at me.
And still the lungs won't fill and the heart won't start.

They are not pigs, they are not even fish,
Though they have a piggy and a fishy air --
It would be better if they were alive, and that's what they were.
But they are dead, and their mother near dead with distraction,
And they stupidly stare and do not speak of her.

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 2357 times | Comments and analysis of Stillborn by Sylvia Plath Comments (56)

Stillborn - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Stillborn
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1960
Poem of the Day: Nov 30 2015

Comment 56 of 56, added on August 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 PM.
SiBVxBdxWerNXAgOzI

1zjcs0 the fans was something else. Minds can and do

suba buba from Zambia
Comment 55 of 56, added on August 3rd, 2016 at 9:12 AM.
ivLyVYvrJvjCDDvPg

cLVtTn very rapidly iit will be well-known, duue to iits feature contents.

pron best from Taiwan
Comment 54 of 56, added on July 6th, 2016 at 2:07 AM.
FGLhPAgwcg

ydEL1l Thank you ever so for you article post.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

cuck your mom from Cuba

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Stillborn, has received 56 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Plath Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links