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The Munich Mannequins

Sylvia Plath

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where are the example essays god damn you!
Added by: Miss Potato Head
When i came to a sight that was titled plagiarist.com i expected naturally that their would be example essays to copy. I need help to analyse this poem,so help me please!! write one and put it on this sight soon!!
Example essays?
Added by: Jough (Editor)
So you're looking for someone to do your homework, eh?

Well, I *am* writing a series of articles, but they're not likely to focus on a particular poem (although they may at times) and probably won't be what you need.

Perhaps if you come up with some ideas of your own about a poem, it may be helpful to you to post a *specific* question in the forums. That way, someone may be the position to help you.

Just a thought.
Added by: tw
This poem is, in my opinion, probably one of the most cryptic Plath poems, where after re-reading five times no less, i feel that i have only an elementary grasp of what plath is trying to expound.Cld AM, or SB provide any insight?
Added by: pris
i feel that this poem is criticising the sterile perfection of mannequins. they may be perfect, yet they are also cold. they are unable to give birth-something she feels is the best sacrifice in the world. these mannequins are 'naked' and 'bald', they are hollow and empty and they lack any substance.
Added by: Howard Creasy
This poem is part of the last batch that she wrote before her death. They all take a slightly different tone from the "Ariel" poems.
Obviously, the focus of the poem in the beginning is on mannequins in a store window in the city of Munich. We are to believe that they are somehow "perfect" or perhaps merely without human flaw, but that this perfection is terrible. The reason that it is terrible is because it cannot take part in the cycles of life. To understand the symbolism in the second stanze read "The Moon and the Yew Tree" and "Elm." The rest of the poem is rather self-explanatory from this point as she explores the surrounding landscape, examing it in much the same way the mannequins were originally examined. In the end, we find ourselves back in front of the window with the snow which has no voice. It's actually 3:30 in the morning now, and I really don't feel like picking it apart any more right now.
sulfur loveliness
Added by: bern
Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children. There exists a tenuous link between the munich mannequins and the applicant. plath discusses artificiality and herideal of womanhood, one of the childbearing female. "perfect" women who have opted to forgo motherhood for unnatural endeavours (unnatural, in plath's opinion) like modelling (to take mannequins literally) offer only "sulfur loveliness" - there is something choking and evanescent about their pulchritude. these women are "bald", "intolerable, without minds". This harsh and critical assessment, Plath imposes on us without inhibition. it is the idea of domesticity that she embraces/cherishes. (refer to Lesbos, MorningSong). Her depiction of snow as a metaphor for the fashion world, the fashion stage. We can confer associations of frigidity, lack of warmth, inhumanity. "voicelessness, the snow has no voice."
Added by: nazgul9
i have to say this is one of my favorite poems by plath, and i agree with all the comments posted about the sterility and stasis of the manneqins. the haunting austerity of this department store at night, the cold 'morgue', and all the images in the second half of the poem i find are very powerful. i only have one question; what does "stolz" refer to? is it used as the german word for pride, or is it a brand name of some sorts? thanks for any insight.
also, does anyone know what Tate & Lyle is (from 'wintering')?
bee, wintering
Added by: liz
its just the name of the honey manufacturing company.
sylvia is a mystery!
Added by: Linnea
this is one of the poems that makes me wonder if sylvia had eating issues. 'lady lazarus' (if you dont just take the common assumption that it's about her suicides and actually READ the poem) and also 'mirror' which obviously focuses on age aswell. why would she feel the need to write a poem like this if she didnt have body image issues?
ive never ready anything that has said she had food issues, except that she stopped eating and started smoking when ted hughes left her.

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