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Analysis and comments on Tulips by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 22 of 52, added on May 10th, 2009 at 11:09 AM.

i enjoy reading Plath's poetry because she can write a poem with
signigicant meaning and connotations that readers can easily pick out. This
makes a thought provoking and interesting read, one where you feel as
though you have gained insight and perhaps relate to the issues plath

Comment 21 of 52, added on December 22nd, 2008 at 3:34 PM.

The author is of the writing itself. The words are of the author. Of
course, it's necessary to invision the poem from one's own perspective but
it is impossible to separate the author from the writing. Her experiences
add to her writing, this much is very evident. A writer can choose to share
their work but it will always and truly be only theirs.

Suchi from United States
Comment 20 of 52, added on September 18th, 2008 at 6:30 AM.

Plath's poems were confessional meaning that they were like her journal and
autobiographical. Her life should be interwoven into this story because
her feelings become such a strong point in the poem.

Nikki from United States
Comment 19 of 52, added on June 10th, 2008 at 7:57 PM.

I don't think that one should take into account details about the author
while reading the poem. Although the poem does give clues that the speaker
of the poem may in fact be Plath when she was in the hospital with a
miscarriage, one should read the poem without trying to merge those
thoughts into it. The poem should be read for what it says, not what the
reader knows about the author.

Becky from United States
Comment 18 of 52, added on December 28th, 2007 at 1:19 PM.

I can very much relate to her thoughts.
Having had over 26 miscarriages and stillbirths,
and later on becoming totally disabled, my trim athletic body bedridden for
a time and decades later still suffering from periodic semi paralysis and
blindness episodes.....
And having more than once contemplated suicide.....
I understand her.

Faye Miller
Comment 17 of 52, added on September 18th, 2007 at 12:35 PM.

This is a truly beautiful poem, another fntastic show of jut how amazing
Plath's work is. She is he only poet i can truly enjoy. It shows how the
peace and escape from life she craves is almost snatched from her by a
bunch of tulips, more full of life than she is. They suffocate her and
distract her from trying to stay calm and enjoy her alone time. Although i
don't consider her my role model, she is an inspirational woman to me nd
her work inspires and moves me.

KayleighAnne from United Kingdom
Comment 16 of 52, added on June 10th, 2007 at 3:51 AM.

Is there no straight answer of what this poem's about? I don't want to
write how this relates to her miscarriage and find out it was a

jenny from Belgium
Comment 15 of 52, added on March 19th, 2007 at 12:29 PM.

There is nothing wrong with taking Plath as a role model. Taking someone as
a role model doesn't mean entirely duplicating his or her life! Plath was a
dedicated, driven, passionate and inspiring person and writer and she has
most certainly been a role model for me! I understood your point though....

Anni from United Kingdom
Comment 14 of 52, added on May 1st, 2006 at 12:58 AM.

Ok i have been doing research on sylvia plaths work for an extended essay
for english literature. During the time she wrote this poem she was in
hospital for an appendoctomy hence the imagery which suggests she is in
one. "I am nobody" and " i have given my name and my day clothes up to the
nurses". Plath longs for a loss of personal identity this is because she is
tied down by people she wants to be free, free of all the problems and
responsibilities she has. In the poem she also makes reference to people i
beleive the nurses "my body is a pebble to them, tend it as water". pebbles
begin life as rocks they are sharp have rough corners but when they fall
into a river the water molds them to become smooth and without sharp edges.
This is what people are doing to her trying to change the imperfetions she
has. She says that they bring her numbness in their needles. Its not a
negative statement she enjoys the sedative state which they bring her, she
can escape from her troubles. Its like she is living a dead like existance.
The reason she hates the tulips so much is because they create memories for
her. The memories she remembers creates feelings of sadness or happiness it
makes no difference they are still ruining her sedative life. Plus we have
all experienced the feeling when something reminds you of something you
didnt enjoy in your life and you stomach sinks and you get a rush of
sadness i believe this is what the tulips are doing to her creating that
feeling. Once again the idea of her objectifying herself is explored again
when she says she wants to efface herself. Anyway i hope that gives an
insight but go with your first instincts on poetry its usually the right

Laura from Australia
Comment 13 of 52, added on April 24th, 2006 at 9:42 PM.

Sylvia Plath’s 1961 poem ‘Tulips’ is a morose story told by a women on her
hospital bed seeing the world as if she would rather not be a part of it.
She is haunted by the tulips whom she says “eat my oxygen” and she is
“sick of all the baggage” that her life has burdened her with. The tulips
remind her of everything that she has left behind in the world outside of
“white walls” and the sterile hospital environment where she is able to be
“numb” and forget her troubles. She feels an inadequacy and the tulips are
mocking her and bring her senses back to the world that she has
purposefully made herself “utterly empty” of.

Erin from Australia

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Tulips
Volume: The Collected Poems
Year: 1961
Added: Feb 20 2003
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