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Comment 9 of 39, added on June 26th, 2010 at 7:13 AM.
Sylvia was a keen observer of nature.
Emile Moelich from South Africa
Comment 8 of 39, added on June 19th, 2009 at 5:36 PM.
How are you. There is still a difference between something and nothing, but
it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
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Comment 7 of 39, added on May 31st, 2007 at 2:25 AM.
I believe all comments so far are right on the money-this poem is full of
symbolism-i do believe she was talking about her state of mind at the
time-and also her confusion within herself about religion & many other
things-the moon could represent her own mother-or even herself-or her
perception of herself-i do believe the yew tree represented the male
figures in her life-beautiful-yet deceptive/w/poison-wise/or even her male
side of her own personality
patricia murphy from United States
Comment 6 of 39, added on February 22nd, 2006 at 9:24 PM.
I'm currently working on this piece for college Lit. class and I'm
specifically looking for archetypal imagery. The more I read this poem and
think of the symbolism I get the feeling as if the poem is an idea of
feeling unable to connect with a Christian religion--catholic, from the
references to the saints and Mary. She says the saints float above the
cold pews, stiff with holiness--they seem unsubstantial, they can float,
stiff with lack of feeling or expression, and cold pews are empty pews.
She cannot believe in the tenderness of Mary. Yet, she claims the moon, an
ancient goddess symbol, fertility, purity, ritual, as her mother. The moon
is wild, it is cold, it releases traditionally frightful nocturnal animals,
yet she claims it as her own. Yew trees are traditionally associated with
pagan religions, as many trees have been. In addition, yew trees were
often planted near graveyards, due to their poisonous nature, in order to
keep animals from digging. It is almost as if this sturdy, ancient,
protective though murderous tree points to the nature and mother that the
narrator feels has always been and is the only one who will always be.
Megan from United States
Comment 5 of 39, added on October 19th, 2005 at 7:31 AM.
To me, this poem simply represent herself at one state of her life. By the
images, the form and and the nightscape of the poem, we have an impression
of immobolity, like a frozen picture in which the personna is forced to
live but "simply cannot see where there is to get to". It is complete
isolation. The elements around her simply ignore her. This poem is roughly
an image of her state of mind at that period of time, a mindscape. This
seems to be the general idea of the poem. But it also has allusions to
Robert Grave's poem, "The white Goddess" which was the sublime poetic muse,
represented as a female figure symbolyzed by three phases: new (virgin
huntress associated with water and white), full (pregnatn mother associated
with colour reed), and waning (the wild hag asociated with black), like the
moon, associated with Diana the goddess of hunt and chastity... Plath and
Hughes really admired this poet so I think there is some kind of
inspiration. It was also written "on a dare", Hughes told Sylvia to write
about the graveyard by which their house was. The moon is definetely
Plath's mother but the Yew tree's identity is not very clear. it would be
logical that it is her father as the title "the moon and the yew tree"
involves some kind of interaction between the two. There is also "the yew
tree points up" which can mean that it is directed to the moon, but there
is no real evidence as who it represents.
By the way, I'm a french student (17 years old) and I'm graduating this
year with an optional part which is English Literature and english history
and geography. I'm studying Sylvia Plath right now. It's reall hard !!!
Murielle from France
Comment 4 of 39, added on September 7th, 2005 at 1:44 AM.
No, this poem is about her mother. Just like Medusa. She states it
explicitly, "The moon is my mother." "She is not sweet like Mary" is a
connection with Medusa, where she calls her mother "Blubbering Mary". It is
Comment 3 of 39, added on August 13th, 2005 at 9:53 PM.
My suspicion is that the moon represents Plath, and the Yew her husband,
Marry the first stanza with the fourth, and we can see a double caesura:
" I simply ... " "I have fallen..."
The interior stanzas are descriptions of the characters involved, wild or
from United States
Comment 2 of 39, added on February 15th, 2005 at 4:07 PM.
To reply to the previous comments, Sylvia Plath was a confessional poet.
This poem was completed shortly before her death (a suicide), during a
period in which she obsessed with the concept of her own death, as well as
madness. I am fairly sure that this poem is about her own battle with
depression/mental illness (she was never diagnosed with a particular mental
ailment). It's a beautiful, haunting piece nonetheless.
from United States
Comment 1 of 39, added on October 14th, 2004 at 8:20 AM.
I beleive it to be for the dead or a keeper of the dead. Refers to outside
halloween scene, then inside the church.
from United States
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