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Analysis and comments on The Bee Meeting by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 22 of 42, added on November 28th, 2013 at 6:55 PM.
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"The Bee meeting" about her strangeness,vulnerability, her own coffin and
confusion.it also shows the social life of village and her dealing with
townspeople (as she says she is not "one of them")

Hafiz Zahid Hussain from Pakistan
Comment 21 of 42, added on November 8th, 2013 at 11:03 AM.


Mansoorriaz from Pakistan
Comment 20 of 42, added on May 25th, 2013 at 8:55 AM.
The bee meeting

Sylvia was psychopath right from her childhood. She had suicidal
tendencies.her obsessive neurosis had developed in her death wish which
turned into death phobia .Causes of all these could be traced back to her
sense childhood in securities her Electra complex.Her poem provides an
insight into her feminist fears in a male dominated societyWith the help of
the allegory of B ee meeting Plath recounts her experiences of life as a
victim of male atrocities. The poem is also rich in images and symbols
taken from Bee farming.

Mansoor from Pakistan
Comment 19 of 42, added on December 30th, 2012 at 3:21 AM.
The Bee Meeting

i think this poem reflects the picture of a life of a woman in west.The
glamour affairs,marriage and divorces,disloyality of male lovers and the
resulting frustration everything reflected in the event narrated the
poem.the queen bee is actually a woman who is replaced by another bee means
other woman.Actually she is trying to share her feelings after the
dishonesty of her husband TED HUGES.She is telling her own story that how
she is replaced by another woman.

Sana Rana from Pakistan
Comment 18 of 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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 42, 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

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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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