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Mushrooms Analysis



Author: Poetry of Sylvia Plath Type: Poetry Views: 2955

The Collected Poems1959Overnight, very

Whitely, discreetly,

Very quietlyOur toes, our noses

Take hold on the loam,

Acquire the air.Nobody sees us,

Stops us, betrays us;

The small grains make room.Soft fists insist on

Heaving the needles,

The leafy bedding,Even the paving.

Our hammers, our rams,

Earless and eyeless,Perfectly voiceless,

Widen the crannies,

Shoulder through holes. WeDiet on water,

On crumbs of shadow,

Bland-mannered, askingLittle or nothing.

So many of us!

So many of us!We are shelves, we are

Tables, we are meek,

We are edible,Nudgers and shovers

In spite of ourselves.

Our kind multiplies:We shall by morning

Inherit the earth.

Our foot's in the door.






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Is this open not about World War Two? There are two speakers. Soldiers and the people. The first speaker tells us of the silent movement of soldiers. " nobody sees us stops us betrays us" a reference to power if the army, the fear and silt by the army is made clear here. "Soft fists insist on heaving the needles" the poet creates a picture of the destruction on the lives on innocent people. The last stanza in the poem is of zhitlers idea,' we shall by morning inherit the earth our foots in the door".

| Posted on 2014-04-27 | by a guest


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This poem is not about Plath's pregnancy...it is simply about how women slowly built themselves up to become equal with a world run by men. Women now have the power to over run the world with their "foot in the door"
You guys talking about other shit are idiots. ESPECIALLY THE ONES SAYING THIS POEM IS ABOUT MUSHROOMS. CAUSE IT ISN'T. THAT'S ONLY METAPHORICAL GEEZ.

| Posted on 2013-10-16 | by a guest


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I think this poem is about a pregnancy. \'Earless and eyeless, perfectly voiceless\' the foetus was growing in the woman\'s womb, showing how the innocence of a developing foetus. The movement of the poem was gentle and full of darkness, yet there were hints of naivety and innocence. Sylvia used to be a depressed yet one of the most fascinating poet I have ever heard. Each of her poem has a very dark and intense feeling to it. Im sorry if I did anything wrong or offensive. Im a new Literature student and Im learning about poetry. My teacher\'s personal favourite is Sylvia, so I decided to check out her work and they are beyond excellent. Im learning about how to analysise a poem, so I thought this could be a very good platform to gain interest in Literature. I\'m 13, by the way :)

| Posted on 2013-03-15 | by a guest


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I think it\'s about potatos fighting each other and she just spelt potatos wrong the whole way through.

| Posted on 2013-02-19 | by a guest


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this poem was really deep about mushrooms taking over the world. it was really emotional. maybe it means oppressed humans can do the same as these mushrooms! and you can eat mushroom!

| Posted on 2013-02-13 | by a guest


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i got the meaning. plath is trying to say that do not look down on someone who is meek and humble and they will also have their day. \'we are shelves ,we are table,we are meek ,we are edible\" it means that they are actually very useful in many ways, but they are too weak to let others notice about them.
\'out foot\'s in the door\' it has told us that they are going to be powerful and they will take over the world one day.
you can say that it is reflecting the status of woman is rising but it is up to you. the main theme of this poem is just conveying the one who is meek will not be suppressed forever.

| Posted on 2012-12-09 | by a guest


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Change of attitude: from inferiority to superiority

| Posted on 2012-12-03 | by a guest


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Perhaps the poem is about the power of unity and can be applied to whatever or whomever we like. It seems to not be a direct reference to existing feminism or other current efforts to oppose oppression because these lines \"Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;\"
are certainly not an accurate depiction of the current reality.
I find it interesting that many here do not feel that nature and its processes are valuable or meaningful unless somehow shown to be important for humans, often meaning something to be consumed, destroyed or turned into money, nor is such a natural process considered suitable material for poets.

| Posted on 2012-11-13 | by a guest


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Hello, I believe all who believe it is feminism, are feminists themselves, and therefore have a biased oppinion on the matter. Those saying it is about mushrooms are taking the litteral meaning. Those who are a bit smarter realise it is about pregnancy, which was, after all, what Sylvia had been through only just before this poem was written.

| Posted on 2012-08-16 | by a guest


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i think its the general life of a mushroom as saprotrophs , and can be compared or referred as anything of the same condition of life.

| Posted on 2012-06-03 | by a guest


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Meaning of the poem: Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups

| Posted on 2012-06-02 | by a guest


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It is about normal mushrooms that are all over the planet hence the final paragraph. NOT ABOUT WOMEN AT THE TIME!

| Posted on 2012-05-10 | by a guest


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If You Don\'t Know What Your Talking About Get Off Here , We Need Somebody Who Knows What They\'re Talking About !!!!

| Posted on 2012-03-13 | by a guest


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i think its a refference to minecraft and its mushroom biomes

| Posted on 2012-02-29 | by a guest


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Although it can be interpreted in many different ways, I believe that it is about the uprising of women\'s rights, and their struggle to gain liberation. This poem was written 1959, which was a period when women were looked down upon from men. There are quite a few examples of personification through out the poem, such as \"our toes, our noses\", which gives a hint towards its metaphoric meaning that it is about humans. If you read it in the context of women\'s rights, it does make sense, and is quite easy to see the references to the metaphoric meaning. Women were seen as powerless, and had almost no rights.

| Posted on 2012-02-29 | by a guest


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read this and please understand the whole bunch off yous are NOT RIGHT!
Sylvia Plath\'s Mushrooms is referring to cooking. When we cook mushrooms in hot water you see how they bubble up and stick together, they push eachother and widen the crnnies to make room for air... hey are also edible as mentioned! It all fits together....read the poem and you will understand this beter :D

| Posted on 2012-02-29 | by a guest


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This poem is about women and the feminist movement! Recognize the way she has described the building up of the movement.

| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest


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I think this is an amazing poem about mushrooms. It really explains about the life of a mushroom in great detail using lots of metaphors and similie onamatapoea alliteration assonance and oxymorons

| Posted on 2011-11-01 | by a guest


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If you didn\'t know, this is about FEMINISM. Not about mushrooms taking over the world.

| Posted on 2011-09-22 | by a guest


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When we sleep we are just like mushrooms- living as an ornamant- alive but not really living. We are not moving, just breathing, like the furnitures at night

| Posted on 2011-07-06 | by a guest


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I really literally LAUGH OUT LOUD when seeing the comments? how come people can just interpret it as mushrooms itself are inheriting the world? do you ever think how come such a renowned poet would write something - purely refer to M-U-S-H-R-O-O-M? LOL what the heck that was funny i mean it.

| Posted on 2011-06-07 | by a guest


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Thanx guys this comments really helped me do my english seen poetry for exams. Thanx a Mill

| Posted on 2011-05-23 | by a guest


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I believe this poem to be about death, but not directly. When you die and you\'re buried your body begins to decay. Mushrooms are decomposers. If you read in a different context, in some places she could be referring to a decaying body (line 10.) The end, where it\'s expressed that the mushrooms are multiplying rapidly and will inherit the earth, I take that to mean that everybody is dying and all that will be left are the mushrooms. Their foot being in the door is expressing that same \"everybody is already dying and you can\'t stop it\" notion.

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest


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This is in reference to the biblical saying that the meek shall inherit the earth. There are many references to Christ; hence - \'nobody betrays us\' \'We are meek\'

| Posted on 2011-03-31 | by a guest


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the poem is about babies. if you read it closely it explains about how they are growing up and how they are formed.

| Posted on 2011-03-24 | by a guest


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the speaker in the poem has absolutly nothing to do with the author of the poem. sylvia plaths life should not be taken into context when constructing an analysis of the work

| Posted on 2011-03-22 | by a guest


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as i was reading this i thought it was super ominous with mushrooms taking over the world and what not. but than i concluded that it expressed an overall theme of conformity, because the mushrooms come up and the rest of the world just lets them because it is the way of life.

| Posted on 2011-03-14 | by a guest


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When I first read this poem I found it confusing. it is one of those poems that you have to examine carefully and delve deeper into the meaning of it. I believe that Sylvia Plath is comparing the mushrooms to the unassuming and believed to be unimportant lower class people of our world. No one really takes notice of them. yet in the poem plath makes us believe they are biding their time. ready to attack under cover of the night when our defences are lowered.When she talks about the phisical side of it such as *our hammers our rams earless and eyeless perfectly voiceless widen the crannies shoulder to shoulder* she is making them real.an army. Ready to finally uprise and take over the unassuming world. Fleeing the \"vegetable patch\". I truly think that this is a comparison to those living in squalar whos standard of life is far beneath ours of the \"1st world\" They are treated disgracfully and they two our looking for a way to break out of thier \"vegetable patch\".
(make a stand against discrimiantion. everybody deserves an equal standard of life!!! :)!!)

| Posted on 2011-02-27 | by a guest


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for me, he poem is about how the \"mushrooms\" (which represent the masses of people of the lower-classes) who are usually unnoticed, unthreatening and are basically ranked very low in life. the \"mushrooms\", at first are discreet and don\'t seem to be a problem. in the first stanza, one can already detect a bit of a sinister vibe. the \"mushrooms\" are starting their uprising at night,when our defences are down and are most vulnerable. they start by effecting our subconcious, and slowly but surly, they become power hungry. at the end of the poem, they have got to a point where taking over is only a matter of time.

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest


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hey ppl im really stuck none of the comments are helping =( its .well noneed to say it but can someone help meee pleeeease.someone

| Posted on 2011-02-10 | by a guest


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who is the speaker of this poem
please tell
this is an english assignment

| Posted on 2011-01-28 | by a guest


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MUSHRROOMS- this particular word is of the greatest significance to the poem as a whole making it, therefore, a suitable choice for a title.Naturally it paints an image of insignificance and nothing short of fragile because a mushroom is a species of plants dominated; whose existance is eclipsed by other plant species. The first stanza makes it clear that there is something to these mushrooms that should be reconed with, however: \'overnight, very/ Whitely, descreetly,/ very quietly\' this significantly changes the image of the poem first painted by the title; it alerts the reader. The personification in the second stanza highlights another encrypted form of comparison. While \'our toes , our noses\' is clear personification it strikes a chord that perhaps \'Mushrooms\' is a metaphor; perhaps someone is compared to a mushroom and that someone might as well be regarded the same way mushrooms are. This tricky word play is present again in the fourth stanza where the poet uses oxymoron.
Therefore the poem is about anyone- or anything( a group even)- who may be thought to be insignificant, like a mushroom \' Earless and eyeless\' , who may be dominated and opressed \'perfectly voiceless\', gentle \' soft\' but powerful nevertheless \'fists\', who strives and fights difficult challenges \'even the paving\' so as to find their rightful place on Earth \'Inherit the earth\' regardless of their nature \'in spite of ourselves\'
THEME- never underestimate.
PS: the idea of the poem is not limited to time nor a particular opression, otherwise we would foolishly conclude that the poet only spoke of the mushrooms.

| Posted on 2010-11-04 | by a guest


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i think this poem is titled Mushrooms because someone got high off of Shrooms ! lmao

| Posted on 2010-09-21 | by a guest


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lol
the person who posted just before this was me!
there are lots of comments which say that \'Mushrooms\" by Sylvia Plath is about feminism but I think that it\'s about all who have been discriminated against. They have been used as tables and shelves (servants) but have not been thoroughly understood. Their kind slowly enlarges but no-one notices and soon they will have enough, enough of them to capture the Earth.
If Sylvia Plath was alive, we could have asked her the meaning of the poem but she might have wanted us as readers to express our own thoughts, interpretations, feelings and meanings about \"Mushrooms\".
This is definitely not about atomic bombs and drugs. It may be about humanism. But we will never know what it was intended to represent or express. Please leave stupid answers out of this because it is rather clear that she did not make this poem for a stupid reason, I think that it is very in-depth. I think this is a really meaningful poem.
btw I am not an adult
Australia is my country and it ROCKS MY SOCKS.
\"Mushrooms\" could also be about racial discrimination and how some people judge others by the colour of their skin.

| Posted on 2010-09-04 | by a guest


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It depends on what you think yourself. I think that the mushroom in this poem is a symbol for the downcasts/people who are not thought to be strong. These people who are weak and/or innocent: they seem powerless, but if you don\'t watch out \"the meek shall inherit the earth\"!

| Posted on 2010-09-04 | by a guest


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when i read this poem i uprooted every mushroom in my garden....i was traumatised!!!what are these bloody mushrooms conquering...666 the world is coming to an END!!HAHAAAA....SAVE YOUR SELVES!.

| Posted on 2010-08-17 | by a guest


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Ignore the poet\'s name and this poem has absolutely nothing to do with feminism. Although it was written in 1959, it still applies today. The poem is written in the persona of a mushroom who is marginalised, oppressed and considered insignificant. However, with determination and unity these mushrooms are able to alter their situation. (The last stanza which basically says that all the hard work is done and that it is a formality before they \"inherit the earth\") This can apply to any marginalised community in the world.

| Posted on 2010-08-07 | by a guest


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The intelligence demonstrated by people posting here is nothing short of astonishing.

| Posted on 2010-06-03 | by a guest


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what the hell you guys? this poem can be understood in thousands of ways.personally - i think its about the uprisam of feminism but that just me.
enjoy

| Posted on 2010-06-01 | by a guest


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Sylvia Plath was a young woman poet. She felt stuck in an unhappy marriage and wrote hundreds of poems during her life. Her only book the Bell Jar also follows the psyche of women in a world where they now have more opportunities than before. The theme of this poem could be said to be "never underestimate the masses." Looking at South Africa for example, people were marginalized and treated in an unjust and discriminatory way. The emergence of mass movements and of the ordinary people who came out in thousands to support labour movements are what finally ended the regime known as Apartheid. Sylvia Plath is acknowledging that even the weak can come into power. it may not necessarily be directed to women as such but to any group of individuals that are discriminated against or undermined. Her poem aims to send the message that no matter how weak a person may be alone, the masses can always accomplish what may be considered to be impossible alone. People who were undermined in the past, their time is coming and they will inherit the earth. For it is those ordinary individuals that shaped the world. The economy, diplomacy, relations between countries, businesses etc are all promoted and supported by ordinary labour individuals. The Earth is theirs so why should they not claim what is owed to them. They are finally "inheriting" what is owed to them and what they have accomplished. Sylvia Plath was not a woman to be bound by prejudices and the limiting ideas of the time. She was not going to be put down just by the social inequities of the past. She understood the power of the masses. Everyone's time will come.

| Posted on 2010-05-25 | by a guest




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