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The Munich Mannequins Analysis

Author: poem of Sylvia Plath Type: poem Views: 13

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Perfection is terrible, it cannot have children.

Cold as snow breath, it tamps the womb

Where the yew trees blow like hydras,

The tree of life and the tree of life

Unloosing their moons, month after month, to no purpose.

The blood flood is the flood of love,

The absolute sacrifice.

It means: no more idols but me,

Me and you.

So, in their sulfur loveliness, in their smiles

These mannequins lean tonight

In Munich, morgue between Paris and Rome,

Naked and bald in their furs,

Orange lollies on silver sticks,

Intolerable, without mind.

The snow drops its pieces of darkness,

Nobody's about. In the hotels

Hands will be opening doors and setting

Down shoes for a polish of carbon

Into which broad toes will go tomorrow.

O the domesticity of these windows,

The baby lace, the green-leaved confectionery,

The thick Germans slumbering in their bottomless Stolz.

And the black phones on hooks


Glittering and digesting

Voicelessness. The snow has no voice.

28 January 1963


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The poem is stating that fashion models are after perfection but as stated in the first line perfection is terrible. She says that it is part of the women's role to reproduce and if you let it go to waste what's your purpose. She makes many comments about the women's menstrual cycle and the female reproductive system. By saying "yew trees" she is meaning the female reproductive system. She also gets the message across that perfection is shaped by social forces. In the end she states the models give up their chance at motherhood to become something known as "perfect".

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why is this even here if no one has analysed it...douche bags.

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