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Analysis and comments on Two Sisters Of Persephone by Sylvia Plath

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Comment 33 of 243, added on November 29th, 2005 at 11:01 AM.

After reading the poem i've concluded that there are two halves of one
woman wrapped into one. The first half of the woman is the everyday
childbearer. The women that takes care of home and handles her
responsibilities. The other half of the women is like a representaiton of
what a true women should never be. like the ugly duckling. The women who no
one loves nor wants to be with. She's like the inner thoughts of a women
who is without true love and fulfillment.

Brittany from United States
Comment 32 of 243, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:39 AM.

this poem is very confusing because there is a lot of symbolism used and is
hard to interpret. but what i got from this poem was that there were two
sisters that lived two different lives and had different outcomes. it would
be easier to understand though if there were not as many metaphors used

Bilal Chaudhry from United States
Comment 31 of 243, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:35 AM.

Great poem, tons of imagery, very interesting on how he told about the two
different sisters on and off through out the poem.

zack from United States
Comment 30 of 243, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:30 AM.

This poem was extremly confusing after reading it the first time but after
going through it after and examining it piece by piece it had made better
sense and the words actually did match and come together. What this poem
could actually represent is the author in general how her feelings affect
her reactions.

Derek from United States
Comment 29 of 243, added on November 29th, 2005 at 9:23 AM.

After realizing the two different voices in this poem, I was able to have a
better understanding of it in general. Personally I didn't like this poem
very much because it seemed as if it was a poetic way of saying what this
woman does. It also seems to be comparing what the woman really is, to
what she is in her dreams. She wants to be a girly lady but is stuck in
her 'nerdy' body who calculates problems all day long, all alone. Both of
these women are total opposites from one another and it's quite obvious in
the descriptions.

Courtney from United States
Comment 28 of 243, 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 243, 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 243, 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 243, 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 243, 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

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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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