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Analysis and comments on Two Sisters Of Persephone by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 56 of 246, added on March 8th, 2012 at 2:06 PM.

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Comment 55 of 246, added on February 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 PM.

Just so you know, the stanza talking about the woman who turned bitter and
sallow as any lemon does turn "bitter and sallow". The second woman is
'raped' hence the line "lulled near a bed of poppies". Poppies are an
opiate, and that's why the stanza after is so violent.

Comment 54 of 246, added on November 22nd, 2009 at 10:16 PM.
Incorrect Interpretation

I've seen this comment repeated several times so far.. The second sister,
who "bears a king" does NOT become "bitter and sallow as any lemon". If you
read the sixth and seventh stanza correctly, you'll notice that it says
"Turned bitter / and sallow as any lemon / the other / wry virgen to the
last / goes graveward" etc... By saying "the other", Plath is referring to
the first sister.

When reading poetry it is important to recite it out loud and go through it
carefully before making assumptions about its meaning.

TwoSisters from United States
Comment 53 of 246, added on September 7th, 2009 at 7:05 PM.

To better understand this poem, it is, in my opinion, ideal to know the
myth of Persephone. It backs up the conjecture that this poem is indeed
about different sides of the same woman. The woman inside is Hecate, the
wise crone, and the woman outside is Kore, the young maiden. These two
sides could also be an allusion to Plath herself, who is known to have
struggled between being a mother with responsibility, but being glorified
(the light woman), or being a writer with freedom, but being seen as having
achieved nothing (the dark woman). It ultimately shows them both ending in
the same manner: death and bitterment.

Hannah from United States
Comment 52 of 246, added on September 4th, 2009 at 2:22 PM.

I definitely believe this poem reflects both sides of Plath. The first
sister working on math is the side of her who values her virginity.
However, if she never finds a partner, society sees her body as a waste.
She did not do her job as a woman, even though she argued throughout her
life that she should be free to experience sex just like any man. The
second sister becomes pregnant and possibly married. However, the poem
says that she's "bitter and sallow." This leads us to believe that she is
not truly happy. I think that this reflects Plath's views on society and
how they see women or maybe Plath herself. I get the feeling that she
feels no matter what she does, she can't make anyone happy. If she does
not have sex, her body is wasteful according to society. If she enjoys
herself, she isn't happy either because of the consequences that go with

Leandra Holmes from United States
Comment 51 of 246, added on September 4th, 2009 at 2:27 PM.

When reading the poem i quickly caught onto the idea of "light" and the
"dark" girl. Both girls live are explained throughout; the dark girl is
shriveled and works endlessly on a math problem. The other girl however,
spends a life of happiness and joy as it mentions she may be pregnant (the
latter grows quick with seed). The line, "bronzed as earth, the second
lies,..." describes the light girl as beautiful and darker skinned as she
may have more exposure to the sun. I think that both women are character
descriptions of Sylvia herself. She is a person who alternates between
happy sad, happy sad, and so on. She seems to explain her happiness that
is constantly foiled by heartache and loss.

Zach from United States
Comment 50 of 246, added on September 4th, 2009 at 2:23 PM.

This poem is beautifully written as well as a directly based writing upon
her emotions and mentality. The two sisters: it is obvious their physical
being and opposite coexistence, however it can be considered as Plath's
struggles in comparison to being a mother and being a writer. Also can
result in what she wants to be and who is she is currently. A large
portion of the poem is an allegory- meaning it has another meaning than its
physical statement. How we perceive the poem is upon our own opinions- but
consider this!

Megan Jackson from United States
Comment 49 of 246, added on September 4th, 2009 at 1:50 PM.

Was this announced that we had to post something?
I believe this poem is about two different sides to plath, a dark side and
a light side. She cant have both at the same time and how the two sides are
constantly switching ack and forth between which one is evident. I also be
lieve that the end of the poem (Worm-husbanded) is talking about how her
husband was lame and they never got a divorce so he was "dead flesh" and
sort of just there.

Jonathan Vailes
Comment 48 of 246, added on September 4th, 2009 at 8:59 AM.

reading through the poem for the first time, i didn't really understand
what was being said. but the second time around with my classmates it
started to make me sense to me. the light and dark imagery set the story up
for it's meaning. the light sister and the dark sister are two very
differnt sisters. one is alone in the house that lives by her self as she
grows up. the light sister is a beautiful happy girl who has children but
then turns bitter afterwards, like the darker sister.

sara from United States
Comment 47 of 246, added on September 3rd, 2009 at 11:54 PM.

there are two very differnt sisters in this poem. they are reffered to as
the light and dark sister the dark sister is ugly and not getting much out
of life, the light sister is more free spireted kind of like kora. she is
persephone's other half. the dark siste dies a virgin and has a bad
husband.the light sister has kids but she too becomes bitter once she has

robert c from United States

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Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Two Sisters Of Persephone
Added: Feb 20 2003
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Poem of the Day: Dec 12 2004

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