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Analysis and comments on The Bee Meeting by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 18 of 28, added on May 7th, 2012 at 8:57 AM.

i have read this poem carefully,i think its a most difficult concept to
understand,and the reason behind its that plath herself was the victom of
complexity.no doubt she uses metaphysical concept in her poetry

iqra from Pakistan
Comment 17 of 28, added on May 7th, 2012 at 8:57 AM.

i have read this poem carefully,i think its a most difficult concept to
understand,and the reason behind its that plath herself was the victom of
complexity.no doubt she uses metaphysical concept in her poetry

iqra from Pakistan
Comment 16 of 28, added on March 29th, 2012 at 11:35 AM.
The Bee Meeting

According to my point of view Sylvia Plath`s poem `The Bee Meeting` is a
contrast between her inner conflict and the outer world.She could not bear
the restrictions and wanted to live according to her own will.She thought
that if men could wonder freely so why women could not.This poem was
published in 1962 when her marriage relation with Ted Hughes came to an
end, she was badly wounded by the dishonesty of Ted Hughes,it was a great
shock for her which she could not afford.So the poem shows her inner
sufferings,as every critic stated that she was a psychological patient
which was inherited to her,but we can say that her outer experience or the
adverse experience of the world made her a complete mentally ill woman.In
the current poem `The Bee Meeting` she reveals her fears and frustrations
which she experienced throughout her life.As Sylvia`s this sentence exposes
the same fears `I am nude as a chicken neck,does nobody loves me`,further
her whole poetry can be named as a `Long suicidal note`.

Jazib Suleman from Pakistan
Comment 15 of 28, added on January 19th, 2011 at 7:05 AM.

i think its about a female dilemma during the birth of her child that how
she is so much sacred and did not able to comprehend the atmoshphere
surrounding her
she was exhausted to fight with her inner pain of lonliness

Comment 14 of 28, added on February 15th, 2010 at 7:55 PM.

It is a very complex creation of Sylvia Plath, though she herself was a
psychiatric victim but she was able to catch and read out her own
unconscious metaphors of mind. It proves her intellectual superiority. The
metaphors are floating over her unconscious mind and jumbled to lead a
complex and unimaginable state of mind, which she turns, into a piece of
art. Fears and uncertainties are her permanent ingredients. We cannot say
that "the bee meeting" is a piece of wonderful work of art nor a beautiful,
which gives a soothing effect on the minds of readers rather it has a
stinging effect. As Plath herself is a victim of various stings which
created her psychic state of mind.

Balveer Singh Bhatnagar
Tuesday, February 16, 2010

balveer singh bhatnagar from India
Comment 13 of 28, added on December 1st, 2009 at 7:45 PM.

Say if a swarm of bees all clustered together in mid-air to form some kind
of shape, say a heart, you could see clearly that its supposed to be a
heart. The outline may not be distinct, but it is still a heart. Within
that heart you can thousands of individuals "butcher" "mid-wife" "baker"
etc., but there is a generalization, a common among the bees that she is
not a part of. The idea of being unprepared, looked at clearly in the first
two stanzas put you in mind of an inquisitive youth facing the
embarrassment of not turning up to a birthday party in the right "smock",
and wondering "why did nooone tell me?" This supports my idea well.

Furthering this vast concept of the bees being a generalistion of a
microcosm, there is an immense pressure on Plath, or "The Queen". It is
similar to tip=toeing through a group of sleeping lions. Her painstaking
emotion might upset them, and wake them, and the consequence is dire. In
terms of bees this is subtly more threatening, because they are benign.
Humming along like a cloud of recpetion around Plath, as soon as she breaks
down she causes an environmental change - the bees will be upset and sting

This has so many links. It links to advice being given as a young child
when approaching bees. It links to her feelings about her family and
friends, and the pressure shes under making her feel "hunted" and enduring
being thought "ungrateful" in her remorse. The "exhausted, I'm exhausted"
at the end shows the emotional effort and the "magicians girl" summs up the
image well - that it is all one big charade.

Plath often uses "concepts" like this. Look at Full Fathom Five and The

I'm only 17, be kind!

Jonathan from United Kingdom
Comment 12 of 28, added on March 2nd, 2009 at 2:04 PM.

reading this poem most of you have come to some conclusion that it is about
a cult or the kkk for that matter. but, i do think that the poem is related
to plath's father and many people believe that plath started to experience
problems involving her saninity after her father died of diebetes when
plath was 9. so not only do i think this poem has a connection to her dad i
also think it has a link to her sanity
'buttoning the cuffs at my wrists and the slit from my neck to my
a gown worn in a hospital?
'is it some operation that is taking place?
is it the surgeon my neighbors are waiting for'
could this be when the crowd gathered around the hive to look inside
takiing the lid off or is it the first time plath went into hospital to be
treated for shock therapy?

rachel from United Kingdom
Comment 11 of 28, added on May 20th, 2008 at 12:25 PM.

I read the poem as a metaphor for female circumsision. The language is
charged with sexual metaphors, and violence.

Maureen Jivani from United Kingdom
Comment 10 of 28, added on April 6th, 2008 at 12:50 PM.

I'm a beekeeper so let me shine some light on some confusion. As everyone
comes to show her the apairy she's worried that no one has brought her
protection. The bee suits hides everyone's identity and no matter the
roles people they become one. As the beekeepers look into the hives she's
wondering why they're looking. She's understandable worried that the bees
can smell her fear and might sting her. Beekeepers will always look for
the queen, sign of a healthy hive, and are seeing queen cells. Only 1
queen can be in a hive and will kill other potential candidates. In
spring, the hive will produce other queens to swarm and beekeepers will
take away queen cells in hopes of controlling swarming. I think she is
exhausted from her experience and then is wondering the what mystery's lie
in the hive (white box). Of course, I could be wrong, but I enjoyed it and
can relate to the experience.

Sandy from United States
Comment 9 of 28, added on August 27th, 2007 at 11:28 PM.

This is one of the only poems that i truly love. I can relate to it so
easily that its scary. The only cult in this poem is society in general
(hence the referece to a broad range of usually benevolent figures-- the
rector, midwife, and sexton). I could talk on it for hours but I will not
take up that much of everyone's time.

Ashley from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Bee Meeting
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1962
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Sep 1 2005

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