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Analysis and comments on The Colossus by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 10 of 530, added on March 4th, 2006 at 11:02 PM.

Well FREDE its really too bad you can't put gender aside (I feel sorry for
you...) JAQUE you are too quick to judge SP. Yes she was bipolar, but at
that time it wasn't treated effectively,they used electric shock therapy,
she suffered through her manic depression all her life. All this aside I
think Colossus is a beautiful poem, she has finally understood that no
matter how hard she tries she cannot put her father's memory back together
entirely and therefore will never be free to forget. At the end I think she
refers to her husband as she is'married to a shadow' a reference perhaps to
his infidelity...

Amber from Canada
Comment 9 of 530, added on February 23rd, 2006 at 10:42 AM.

I think she is referring to father, husband and god. I see the first
stanza as a humorous description of male orgasm as "braying." The gigantic
male is statue and shelter and earth. She shelters in the ear. It is a
truly witty, sad and lovely poem. It took me thirty-five years to
appreciate Plath.

Lucy from United States
Comment 8 of 530, added on February 13th, 2006 at 10:22 PM.

I'm sorry you feel that way FREDE from Belgium but it is the genius of
Plath we all marvel at regardless of her gender. We should try to
appreciate poetry for what it is; not whom it is written by. And you may
want to check your spelling by the way.

John from Canada
Comment 7 of 530, added on February 8th, 2006 at 9:16 AM.

This poem is so beautiful, so encompassing. No matter what you believe it
represents (though I do agree in the significance of the statue as her
father), Sylvia Plath drags her life into the ancient with nostalgia,
fondness and overwhelming despair.

Jennifer from France
Comment 6 of 530, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 3:18 PM.

I believe the poem is talking about her father. In the poem she spent
thirty years trying to put the "statue" back together to no avail. This
represented her trying to get over her fathers death and realizing that it
would never be. The poem describes how she trys to put her father "back
together" and no matter how much time she spends on doing this task it
doesn't seem to make a difference.

Natasha from United States
Comment 5 of 530, added on November 2nd, 2005 at 3:18 PM.

I believe the poem is talking about her father. In the poem she spent
thirty years trying to put the "statue" back together to no avail. This
represented her trying to get over her fathers death and realizing that it
would never be. The poem describes how she trys to put her father "back
together" and she isn't getting anywhere.

Natasha from United States
Comment 4 of 530, added on October 21st, 2005 at 12:16 AM.

The poem is obviously referencing her father. The great god, looming over
her throughout her life. the entity she could never forsake, nor live up
to. The unwavering figure of masculinity encompassing a sort of Greek
tragedy. At least that's what I understood it to be.

Carissa from United States
Comment 3 of 530, added on October 4th, 2005 at 8:31 PM.

Some people will just never understand..

Annie from United States
Comment 2 of 530, added on June 8th, 2005 at 11:03 AM.

A female poet couldn't be crazy and depressed in a genius way could she?
THAT would be a privilege to a man of course. I mean, please, isn't there
any laundery to do?

frede from Belgium
Comment 1 of 530, added on May 19th, 2005 at 12:32 PM.

No wonder she killed herself! She was obsessed with a mythical statue. I
bet when she found out it wasn't real, it tore her apart. Ohhhh yeah, the
fact that she was a crazy, depressed poet didn't help.

Jaque Strap from United States

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Information about The Colossus

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Colossus
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1959
Added: Feb 20 2003
Viewed: 88 times
Poem of the Day: Jun 12 2006


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