Comment 9 of 9, added on November 7th, 2011 at 6:31 PM.
I understand the different perspectives of it being based on Aurelia and
Ted Hughes but I keep getting drawn to the different references.
"Making stone out of everything" alludes to Medusa yet "Spiteful as a
woman" confuses that idea and "through the mailslot with loving regularly"
links back to Aurelia.
Is that her mother is not human enough to be referred to as female or is
Plath addressing both individuals here?
George from Australia
Comment 8 of 9, added on April 14th, 2010 at 3:37 PM.
Despite what she truly based the explosion of emotion in this poem about,
The only meaning any self respecting reader can gleam from it is that of
her depression at her mother's always too high expectations, She finds her
mother smothering like "Carbon Monoxide", she always must have the final
say "Light-Stealer" And the constant stream of pestering her mother gave
her whilst Sylvia lived in England, a volume of letters so large, her
mother published them as a book, Hence: "No day is safe from news of you"
My theory: She is either directly speaking of her mother, or personifying
her mother as death itself, as im sure her mother assisted in her
Thank you if you read this far.
from United Kingdom
Comment 7 of 9, added on January 21st, 2010 at 6:36 PM.
i think this poem is mainly about ted and how she feels towards him.
sarah from Australia
Comment 6 of 9, added on September 22nd, 2008 at 7:33 AM.
It seems as if people weren't looking into the background of Plath enough
to find this poem is based on her friend (her husband's friend's wife)
Didio Merwin as is "Face Lift" it makes more sense if you see this poem
based on D Merwin and her husband.
ShaiKhai from United Kingdom
Comment 5 of 9, added on June 2nd, 2008 at 3:11 PM.
I saw this poem as Plath's way of counting the increasing distance between
Ted and herself. In the poem, I felt there was reference to Medusa in the
line "And your first gift is making stone out of everything." I gave a
sense of coldness and led well into her prison/death sentence of being
trapped in his "mausoleum." I'd like to count this poem as more of a
mockery and expression of anxiety towards her husband more than anything.
Emily from United States
Comment 4 of 9, added on April 16th, 2006 at 8:07 PM.
Line 11 should have the word abases, not abuses.
Amanda from United States
Comment 3 of 9, added on February 28th, 2006 at 12:01 PM.
I think the poem is about her relationship with Ted. He was a follower of
Robert Graves and there are a number of references in both writers works in
regard to the Moon and it's reference to mythology.
"I wake to a mausoleum" is refering to Ted, she often referred to him as
"Stone Man". He was becoming increasingly distant and her poems during
this time were an attempt to put her finger on what was going on.
Lorie Davies from Canada
Comment 2 of 9, added on February 12th, 2006 at 12:01 AM.
Personally i think the poem tells us the relationship between Plath and her
mother, a rival in her own living. As the moon has the light and black
side, the mother also seems to be such a person in her life.
Comment 1 of 9, added on November 7th, 2005 at 8:06 AM.
I think this poem talks about rivals and rivalry in the world. The mood is
gloomy and depressing. I cried when I read it. So powerful...so moving.