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Sylvia Plath - The Applicant

First, are you our sort of a person?
Do you wear
A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch,
A brace or a hook,
Rubber breasts or a rubber crotch,

Stitches to show something's missing? No, no? Then
How can we give you a thing?
Stop crying.
Open your hand.
Empty? Empty. Here is a hand

To fill it and willing
To bring teacups and roll away headaches
And do whatever you tell it.
Will you marry it?
It is guaranteed

To thumb shut your eyes at the end
And dissolve of sorrow.
We make new stock from the salt.
I notice you are stark naked.
How about this suit----

Black and stiff, but not a bad fit.
Will you marry it?
It is waterproof, shatterproof, proof
Against fire and bombs through the roof.
Believe me, they'll bury you in it.

Now your head, excuse me, is empty.
I have the ticket for that.
Come here, sweetie, out of the closet.
Well, what do you think of that ?
Naked as paper to start

But in twenty-five years she'll be silver,
In fifty, gold.
A living doll, everywhere you look.
It can sew, it can cook,
It can talk, talk , talk.

It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it's a poultice.
You have an eye, it's an image.
My boy, it's your last resort.
Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.

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The Applicant - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Applicant
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: Published/Written in 1962

Comment 28 of 28, added on June 6th, 2009 at 11:19 PM.

This poem is about women being treated as objects in marriage. "Will you marry it" it refers to sylvia plath. but she doesn't regard herself as a her but an it

vanessa from Australia
Comment 27 of 28, added on May 8th, 2009 at 8:36 PM.

The Blue Aeroplanes set this poem to music (on the album "Swagger") and were accused of misogyny by ignorant music journalists! (The music suited the poem perfectly - corruscating & abrasive).

Mark from United Kingdom
Comment 26 of 28, added on March 5th, 2009 at 5:32 AM.

I think that "it" is Sylvia. She wrote this poem to cope with the fact that her husband left her for another women. She is tying to understand why her husband left her. She thinks that she is pretty awesome and she can't understand why her husband doesn't.

Kat from United States

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