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Analysis and comments on The Thin People by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 10 of 550, added on August 19th, 2010 at 9:57 AM.
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Comment 8 of 550, added on January 31st, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 7 of 550, added on January 11th, 2010 at 7:32 AM.
reply to most replies

This page is entitled analysis and comments, while some of you have
succeeded in pointing out the obvious lack of backing on certain
statements, the greater of you have failed at all but offering praise to
the poem and poet. While understandably the first comment may seem to be of
rudimentary intellect but so is the fact that too many here fail to
recognize that it is someone's opinion, the mere fact that it has no
relevant proof for its statement does not in any way mean that no proof can
be found for it.

Yes i agree that this poem is most likely about the holocaust and
anti-semitism, but look at Plath's word choice and tone, there is a certain
air to it that possibly comments on the victims eventually victimizing
themselves. No where in the poem are the thin people done any harm by
anyone but themselves. She seems to communicate that their mere presence
ruins her picture perfect world.

Was that what was being communicated? When looking at it within the context
of who Plath is or at least who she was conceived to be, then quite
possibly this poem is a commentary on how the perfect world she was placed
in may not have actually been the right one.

So yes, this poem may have everything to do with the literal thin people.
Men and women starving themselves in order to be embraced by society is not
exclusive to "pop-culture", if you do not believe me on this then surely
you must also believe that the use of corsets are of “our” time. At plath’s
time and long before it being thin was a requirement for women and quite
possibly this poem was as previously stated her commentary on the views on
women, and the self-masiquistic procedures they must put themselves through
in order to achieve what society wanted them to achieve.

Comment 6 of 550, 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 550, 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 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,

Bee from Australia
Comment 4 of 550, 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 550, 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 550, 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.

Comment 1 of 550, added on February 26th, 2006 at 1:06 AM.

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

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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