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Sylvia Plath

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rights to this poem
Added by: deb
I am interested to finding out who holds the rights to this poem, any advice gratefully appreciated.

Added by: Beth Hill
This poem by Sylvia Plath i have just taken for my drama exam at my drama school and i found it easy to learn of by heart and the meaning very thought through.
Added by: Goalie Goddessİ
Oh my...she decided to write a poem from the perspective of a mushroom...Rather odd. But, it does give one cause for reflection...mainly that mushrooms are some of the nastiest things you can eat. I anxiously await the day that the mushrooms take over the earth!!
Added by: faz
Beneath this poem which on the surface is merely about the growth and reproduction of mushrooms, is an underlying experience of sadness and horror. Plath relates the nature of the mushrooms to some-kind of alien invasion. The poem has a nightmarish, sinister feel. She uses short stanzas, lines and rhyme to create a child-like yet horror movie like effect.
Added by: JE
The mushrooms aren't mushrooms. They're women. meek, soft, used women. The mushrooms are pushing their way through society, softly, but firmly. It's not a dark poem! i think it's one of her nicest ones.
mushrooms by plath
Added by: Teresa Gunstoe
I'm wondering what the meaning is behind "Mushrooms." Do the mushrooms symbolize a certain type of person or people?
Two endings
Added by: David McKin
There is a double ending to the poem. It ends the first time "We shall by morning Inherit the earth."
Which shows that the feminin stand is about to make a social change. But it also ends a second time with "Our foot's in the door." With the second ending she falls back on the idea that just incase feminist are not ready there will be a second chance or a time to wait for. One piece of proof on this theory is that the last refrain is the only one with two completel sentences. Almost like two complete ideas or roles.

Added by: Ben
My interpretation of the peom is that it is not about mushrooms, rather it is an analogy for depression. Like depression 'Nobody sees it' 'Nobody stops it'. Like the mushrooms, depression grows in dark places, and multiplies. Everybody knows about depression/mushrooms but nobody ever talks about it. Such boundary's as pavement will not stand in its way, it will push in though the cracks and claim another. Their 'foot is in the door' and if we allow them to continue they will take over.
The meek shall inherit the eartth...one day!
Added by: Plath Lover
I think 'Mushrooms' is a pleasant change to many of Plath's other darker, 'confessional' poems. It is much more artistic and Plath seems to have written it while in a more stable state of mind. It does not consist of some of the confusion that exists in many poems such as "The Arrival of the Bee Box". It takes an interesting look at the way the speaker sees herself as a part of society. She seems to feel as though she is just one object in amongst so many - that she is indistinguishable FROM all the other mushrooms. The underlying motive of the poem is that the speaker has a deep desire to gain control and power and she strongly believes that one day the "meek shall inherit the earth" and finally regain some of the power they deserve. A fine piece of reading for all Plath fans.
Added by: Alex of the Elephants
"the happy bird fly fly fly away onto the sky cloud chirping nicely like an elephant"

I think this poem is about flying elephants soaring on the horizon of feministic values. But the elephants are depressed like Anne Heche. They jump and bump and yell out about alien spaceships.

It must be about flying elephants.

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