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Comment 28 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:25 AM.
I think this poem is very interesting in the way it portrays two sides of
women. The fact that first woman seems to be very disciplined seeing as it
refers to math may show what the girl strives to be or in fact what she
really is inside. The second half referring to the more free side of the
girl shows in a way the heart of every girl, a dreamer.
Taylor Goodin from United States
Comment 27 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:23 AM.
After reading the poem the first time i was very confused...atfer i read it
a second time i got the impression that the poem was a contrasting what one
sister was compared to what she wanted to be. Words such as dull and pale
were used, then the words such as bring were used...and i took this as
words describing what she wanted to be.
Elizabeth from United States
Comment 26 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 8:37 AM.
I think this poem is about one woman with an alter ego. The true woman is
the 1st woman and she wishes to be the 2nd, she is envious of the 2nd
woman. She wants to be that ideal woman that bears a child, not a woman
that gets married and is unable to give bith. She stays inside and grows
old & plae, and then one day die. The 1st woman was never able to fulfill
that woman role that the society puts on women.
Melissa G from United States
Comment 25 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 7:04 AM.
After reading this poem, honestly Im not a big fan but I have concluded a
few observations from it. It seems as if the two people conveyed in this
novel are really two different sides of the poet. On one side the poet
wants to be this "woman" who has children and is in the outside world and
who appears to get high off of life. The other person is the other side of
the woman. That is the true her, the one who is lonely and who tries to
"figure out" life by using her "mathematical" methods. The general idea of
the poem is interesting but overall I didnt really like it.
Latasha D from United States
Comment 24 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 7:01 AM.
I think this poem shows two sides of one woman. One side is a woman who
doesn't want to be bothered with the duties of having children. The
responsibility of being a woman. She is the underground woman, whose
husband is a worm. The other side of her personality is a woman who has a
child and who is on earth. Plath did a great job conveying a contrast
between these two personalities.
Ashlee from United States
Comment 23 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 1:19 AM.
Plath did a great job with this poem. When I read it, I see two sides of a
person being shown. Whether it be the author or persephone herself, I'm not
sure. But what I find in this is that we see one sister is sheltered and
not living life to the fullest where as the other one is out and enjoys the
joys of life and being considered a women because of her fertilness. And we
see the sheltered sister trying to figure things out with logic on her
"mathematical machine" because she is either to scared to go out or
confined for some reason. But, all-in-all I think that Plath did a
wonderful job with this poem that is given proof of her great reputation
that she has.
krystoff from United States
Comment 22 of 228, added on November 29th, 2005 at 1:11 AM.
I think that this poem really shows two different sides of a person.
whether it be the author or persephone, i'm not exactly sure. But we see
the way that plat really talks about the difference between being inside
and being out in the world... The comparison between living a life to the
fullest and experiencing things and staying sheltered trying to figure out
what exactly to do. All in all, i think this poem was brilliantly written
and think that it given proof of the poets great reputation.
Krystoff from United States
Comment 21 of 228, added on November 28th, 2005 at 10:43 PM.
This poem showed two sides of Persephone. The lonely underground sister is
barren and has no children. She is the wife of the worm, symbolic of the
earth and the ground and living below the sun. The sister, on the other
hand, "bears a king", and is the "suns bride". She is allowed to be in the
sunlight growign and being free while her sister sits in confinement and
wallows in her own lonliness. The sister underground is not even a "woman"
because she doesn't have any kids. Her sister is important and is a woman
because she does have a child.
Danielle from United States
Comment 20 of 228, added on November 28th, 2005 at 10:33 PM.
This poem discussed the contrast between the two identities of
"Persephone". The scrawny and weak underworld sister was denied sunlight,
growth, and even pregnancy. The other sister is above ground, growing and
devloping in the sunlight. She "becomes the suns bride" showing how she is
married and then gives birth to a king. The less fortunate sister marries
the worm and is denied the title of woman because without bearing children
she is practically worthless. The sister of the underworld is dark, bitter,
and barren, vs. her sister of fertility who is bronzed, bride, and bright.
A vivid contrast is shown that can even be compared to the life of the
author- Sylvia Plath.
Kaitlyn from United States
Comment 19 of 228, added on November 28th, 2005 at 8:05 PM.
I think that Sylvia PLath is describing her own life in this poem. The
first "sister" is who she really is. She sits in her home by herself,
writing her poetry, contemplating the meaning of her existence. She is
unhappy and unmarried. She never had kids nor did she ever marry. The
second "sister" is what she dreamt of her life. She imagined a life where
she could be free and from her own self demise. Maybe she wanted to have
kids and be married. Maybe she wanted to go outside of her "house" (meaning
her own mind).
The two are complete opposites and only one can be. The first at the end...
being Sylvia PLath dies without the "normal" tribulations and joys of being
Arielle from Bahrain
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