Summer grows old, cold-blooded mother.
The insects are scant, skinny.
In these palustral homes we only
Croak and wither.

Mornings dissipate in somnolence.
The sun brightens tardily
Among the pithless reeds. Flies fail us.
he fen sickens.

Frost drops even the spider. Clearly
The genius of plenitude
Houses himself elsewhwere. Our folk thin

Analysis, meaning and summary of Sylvia Plath's poem Frog Autumn


  1. David says:

    Sylvia in this poem is saying she is going through a blank period when she is bereft of any inspiration, all is monotonous and dull and drab. Her muse is failing her. But still she manages to produce a striking poem, even though is is about barrenness of ideas.

  2. Laura Mooneyham says:

    This poem sucks! Okay, i don’t care who you are it’s awful. What in tarnations was she thinkin’ when she used all those big words. Normal people don’t talk like that. At home we walk down the street and say howdy, not the insects are getting very skinny.

  3. Richard R. Collins Jr says:

    as we all know in our history books that Sylvia Plath
    Lived a depressing life. and what I got out of this poem Frog Autumn I felt that the life of hers is being relived again in her poems. It’s a good one but by the feeling that I got was depressing

  4. Jazmine says:

    Just a suggestion of what this might mean. If you look at “Mushrooms”, you can tell that it was about the women’s struggle for more civil liberties. They were gaing strength. In this poem, it seems that she’s discouraged. There is little to eat (no energy, no fuel to keep their campaign going). Just a suggestion. Anyone else care to comment? agree? disagree?

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