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Analysis and comments on The Bee Meeting by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 8 of 28, added on May 27th, 2007 at 8:35 PM.

perhaps I am being simple minded and perhaps my explaination is vague but
what I have interpreted by reading "the bee meeting" and considering the
era which it was written, I believe that there are several references to a
"cult", that being the KKK. i am in no way a supporter or sympathizer,
just my interpretation

Matthew from United States
Comment 7 of 28, added on April 23rd, 2007 at 11:17 AM.

There is a typo in line twenty. The word should be voices.

Mona from United States
Comment 6 of 28, added on March 19th, 2007 at 7:12 PM.

I'm not the best at analyzing poems, however, since I read the Bell Jar I
was wondering whether "The Bee Meeting" would be referring to Sylvia Plath
in the mental hospital, or any hospitale for that matter. For example,
"Buttoning the cuffs at my wrists and the slit from my neck to my
knees."-that would be a nurse helping her into her hospital gown.

Sonia from United States
Comment 5 of 28, added on January 12th, 2006 at 6:51 AM.

i am having difficulty with understanding thel poem also, is it about a
cult? i dont think so, its obvioiusly about death and suicide as is all her
poems but why does she feel the need to diguise it.

kelly from United Kingdom
Comment 4 of 28, added on September 27th, 2005 at 1:56 PM.

This poem was part of a series of three or four that Sylvia wrote to close
Ariel. Her father was an insect specialist, a professor, so, in a way,
these poems are closely connected to "Daddy" and the suicidal ideation and
death imagery of the other Ariel poems. She did keep a hive, and it was a
way of connecting back to her father, picking up his interests--the same
way she attempted to learn German. I think, if you read the series
together, it might make more sense?

Sam from United States
Comment 3 of 28, added on September 1st, 2005 at 9:13 AM.

I disagree with Jade, who maintains there's not too much to think about
here, although I don't see any reference, as Heather does, of a cult. Seems
to me that there is much rich symbolism and imagery that provides plenty
material to ponder. For me, at any rate. Besides, if a poem doesn't give
to much to think about, what's the point? I don't think Plath is a writer
of empty poems.

pat from United States
Comment 2 of 28, added on August 1st, 2005 at 11:22 AM.

Actually, Sylvia Plath kept a hive of her own and was apart of the
Beekeepers Association of her town. This was an account of her first
meeting. Not too much to think about here.

Jade from United States
Comment 1 of 28, added on August 18th, 2004 at 9:14 PM.

The poem "The Bee Meeting" by Sylvia Plath has been giving me some trouble
- I don't fully understand it. But I do believe that the last stanza has to
do with the speakers death. I think that the conforming mentioned in
earlier stanzas has to do with members in a colt and that the speaker is
the sacrifice at a meeting.


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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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