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Analysis and comments on The Applicant by Sylvia Plath

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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
Comment 25 of 28, added on February 11th, 2009 at 1:03 AM.

feminism actually was around long befor Sylvia Plath - look up Mary
Wollstoncraft (early feminist from 1700s) And even if Plath wasn't aware
of so called feminist issues - she still would've have observed the
constraints and contradictions of the society in which she lived and in my
opinion "it" refers to women's non-person status of that time. The idea
that regardless of how much a women does in the world, home, or for her
husband - she is nothing but an "it".

in response to b. from United States
Comment 24 of 28, added on May 25th, 2006 at 4:44 AM.

I think that the poem is well written and not only sows how women were
expected to act to be the perfect wife but at the same time illustrates the
pressure men were under to get the perfect woman to be seen as an
upstanding man in society. Plath was depressed most of her life but this
meant that her poetry was honest and not a few words put together to show a
glossed over veiw of life. The poem is not particularly feminist but simply
shows it like it is.

Sasha from Zimbabwe
Comment 23 of 28, added on March 25th, 2006 at 5:46 AM.

yeah, but see, Plath herself wasn't actually a feminist, as such. she quite
enjoyed her domestic role. Actual "Feminism" as any kind of political
movement or force, didn't come along until after her death. Its true that
in a post feminism society, it may be a dominant reading of the poem, but
we don't know what she actually meant, unless there some explicit statement
explaining it (and i guess getting those from poets is pretty rare, as
that's pretty much the 'magic' of poetry). i think its interesting the way
people view a lot of her poems simply because many feminists have used her
work, and put the poet herself up on somekind of pedestal, perhaps

b. from Australia
Comment 22 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 10:21 PM.

Christopher Reeve once ran the 400 meters in 4 seconds, whilst writing a
poem about how bad a poet Silvia Plath is. He wrote a seperate article on
the flaws in her prose.

Christopher Reeve from Canada
Comment 21 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 9:55 PM.

Slyvia Plath as far as i can tell from these poems that ive read of hers,
was a manic depressive and a feminist. The Applicant seems to me to be
about 8 paragrahs of complete and utter rubbish. And by rubbish i do not
mean the poem in itself as its actually rather well written, but the way
that most females seem to interperet the poem. Most of the militant
feminists ive met seem to always have a Sylvia Plath qoute or poem on hand.
The fact is that then poem is not just about women being expected to be
good little housewives and serve tea. Plath is trying to make a point about
stereotypes for both men and women. She makes points about women being
stereo typical and also men, although the stuff about women being
housewives is hardly reaklivent nowdays as women have all the power and
behind every great man there has been a women waiting to stab him in the
back and take over.

Mitchell Porter from Australia
Comment 20 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 10:18 PM.

Everybody Knows that Chuck Norris wrote better poems than Silvia Plath,
even Jesus. In fact, he invented the art form of poetry and his poems have
been known to make people cry until death from dehydration.

Chuck Norris from Australia
Comment 19 of 28, added on February 15th, 2006 at 10:09 PM.

I believe Sylvia Plath's poem 'The Applicant' is about the stereotypical
role of the traditional housewife. There to do how her husband pleases,
look as her husband wishes and do as her husband pleases. The poem implies
the oppression of the wife to be, to become no more than "A living doll"
bargained off as if she were a robot "To bring teacups and roll away
headaches""It can sew, it can cook, It can talk,talk, talk".

Jess from Australia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Applicant
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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