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The Night Dances Analysis



Author: poem of Sylvia Plath Type: poem Views: 22


A smile fell in the grass.
Irretrievable!

And how will your night dances
Lose themselves. In mathematics?

Such pure leaps and spirals ----
Surely they travel

The world forever, I shall not entirely
Sit emptied of beauties, the gift

Of your small breath, the drenched grass
Smell of your sleeps, lilies, lilies.

Their flesh bears no relation.
Cold folds of ego, the calla,

And the tiger, embellishing itself ----
Spots, and a spread of hot petals.

The comets
Have such a space to cross,

Such coldness, forgetfulness.
So your gestures flake off ----

Warm and human, then their pink light
Bleeding and peeling

Through the black amnesias of heaven.
Why am I given

These lamps, these planets
Falling like blessings, like flakes

Six sided, white
On my eyes, my lips, my hair

Touching and melting.
Nowhere.

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I agree with the comment about nihilism-- it seems to me to be about the pain of the meaninglessness of death, the questioning of why the pain when it is inevitable and meaningless.
Totally agree it fits in w/ the whole idea of her as suicidal but think it\'s arguable whether one can blame suicidal thoughts on a person\'s husband. I\'m sure he didn\'t help but not everyone had the interior struggles of Plath.

| Posted on 2011-09-27 | by a guest


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\"Whoever commented on this forum already is ridiculously stupid. This poem clearly portrays the vulnerability that Plath has because of the suicidal thoughts and severe depression, that are all caused by her husband Ted Hughes.\"
Poetry has no set meaning. It means something different to different people. That may have been Plath\'s personal meaning, but it doesn\'t mean the other people are \"ridiculously stupid.\" :)

| Posted on 2011-04-11 | by a guest


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I think she is wondering what her son is dreaming about...

| Posted on 2010-05-27 | by a guest


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Whoever commented on this forum already is ridiculously stupid. This poem clearly portrays the vulnerability that Plath has because of the suicidal thoughts and severe depression, that are all caused by her husband Ted Hughes.

| Posted on 2010-05-23 | by a guest


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I think the night dances are dreams, and its all about what dreams are like and how they travel through space and they're really out of this world.

| Posted on 2010-03-11 | by a guest


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When I first read it I thought it had quite a potential for nihilism. The nothingness that is connected with night frequently appears throughout the poem, this clearly has a suggestive negative connotation.

| Posted on 2010-02-28 | by a guest


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to me, this poem is about the scent of flowers in the dark and how their bright petals seem vulgar in comparison to the plain elegance of the flower's gesture to the night.
Janis Tsai

| Posted on 2009-12-27 | by a guest




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