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Analysis and comments on The Thin People by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 6 of 516, added on May 19th, 2009 at 6:40 AM.

kylie... gee. plath uses a technique in which she uses historic events to
describe how she feels and views the world (commonly the holacust and she
is critized for this).... we can assume that she felt the pain of others
like it was her own. this peom reflects her own feelings.... put this poem
into historic context... thin people on TV? CMON!

anthea from Australia
Comment 5 of 516, added on May 24th, 2007 at 8:01 AM.

Kylie, Your comment was stated without thought.
I am a high school student, and even so, i understand the meaning behind
this.
This poem has been a favourite of mine since i was 12 years old. If a 12
year old can interpret plath with a greater understanding than you, you may
wish to take a look at yourself. Syliva Plath is a Brilliant writer,
Bronte

Bee from Australia
Comment 4 of 516, added on April 29th, 2006 at 10:39 AM.

Yes... this poem has nothing at all to do with skinny people in pop
culture. 1) the Holocaust is a reoccuring theme in Plaths poems. 2) there
was not an obession with being thin when the poem was written. 3) I dont
think Plath would waste her time writting about pop culture in that manner

Jesi from United States
Comment 3 of 516, added on April 25th, 2006 at 8:46 PM.

I just read some comments on Sylvia Plath's "The Thin People" and they are
some of the most shallow and ridiculous things I have ever heard. There is
no way that Plath wrote that poem about thin people in movies... it is so
much more deep than that! The thin people she is refering to have to be the
Jews during the Holocaust. The reference to movies, which say "the thin
people / Meager of dimension as the gray people / on a movie-screen" is
talking about the movies they showed about WWII and the Holocaust. The
issue is that the rest of the world is being taken down because it isn't
dealing with big issues that need to be dealt with, like the Holocaust. I
don't mean to sound rude, but I just thought that it should be clear that,
although there probably are some anorexics out there starring in movies,
Plath's poem is not about that... at all.

Abby Thomason from United States
Comment 2 of 516, added on March 15th, 2006 at 9:16 PM.

I thought that I had heard the most stupid thing I had ever heard of one
day from my mother, I am happy to say that kylie from australia has
unwittingly relinquished my mother as the sole owner of the most flaky
comment I have ever heard (willingly). The poem is beautiful, and I find it
so interesting that in a time that was percieved as a time of more curvy
woman, being thin rides on the lips and talent of one of the best poets of
the last century.

Iris
Comment 1 of 516, added on February 26th, 2006 at 1:06 AM.

The poem means what it means. The simplest thing really: thin people in
movies.

Kylie from Australia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: The Thin People
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1957
Added: Feb 20 2003
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