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The Thin People Analysis



Author: poem of Sylvia Plath Type: poem Views: 31

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They are always with us, the thin people

Meager of dimension as the gray people



On a movie-screen.  They

Are unreal, we say:



It was only in a movie, it was only

In a war making evil headlines when we



Were small that they famished and

Grew so lean and would not round



Out their stalky limbs again though peace

Plumped the bellies of the mice



Under the meanest table.

It was during the long hunger-battle



They found their talent to persevere

In thinness, to come, later,



Into our bad dreams, their menace

Not guns, not abuses,



But a thin silence.

Wrapped in flea-ridded donkey skins,



Empty of complaint, forever

Drinking vinegar from tin cups: they wore



The insufferable nimbus of the lot-drawn

Scapegoat.  But so thin,



So weedy a race could not remain in dreams,

Could not remain outlandish victims



In the contracted country of the head

Any more than the old woman in her mud hut could



Keep from cutting fat meat

Out of the side of the generous moon when it



Set foot nightly in her yard

Until her knife had pared



The moon to a rind of little light.

Now the thin people do not obliterate



Themselves as the dawn

Grayness blues, reddens, and the outline



Of the world comes clear and fills with color.

They persist in the sunlit room: the wallpaper



Frieze of cabbage-roses and cornflowers pales

Under their thin-lipped smiles,



Their withering kingship.

How they prop each other up!



We own no wilderness rich and deep enough

For stronghold against their stiff



Battalions.  See, how the tree boles flatten

And lose their good browns



If the thin people simply stand in the forest,

Making the world go thin as a wasp's nest



And grayer; not even moving their bones.






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I am 16, but I fully understand this poem. It is all about the holocaust.The thin people are the jews. Now, rerad it and you will fully understand the poem now that you know that fact

| Posted on 2010-12-13 | by a guest


.: sylvia plath :.

um i am 15 and dont understand this poem i know it has something to do with world warII and an thiness of character and or the image of thiness we get today about what a perfect body should look like the unreal.
sambandman@iprimus.com.au please help me understand!!!

| Posted on 2007-03-07 | by a guest


.: sylvia plath :.

um i am 15 and dont understand this poem i know it has something to do with world warII and an thiness of character and or the image of thiness we get today about what a perfect body should look like the unreal.
sambandman@iprimus.com.au please help me understand!!!

| Posted on 2007-03-07 | by a guest




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