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by Sylvia Plath

Mushrooms Questions

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  1. Many interpret the mushrooms of the poem as representing women, but what other historically oppressed groups might they represent? Why do you think so?
  2. Compare and contrast this poem to another by Plath, like "Mirror." What similarities and differences do you see in style and theme?
  3. How does the poet's use of alliteration, consonance, assonance, and internal rhyme help her communicate the themes and overall mood of the poem?
  4. So this poem uses mushrooms as its central metaphor, but what other plant or animal would work to represent the same ideas? Why do you think so?
  5. Compare and contrast this poem to another that addresses the struggles of oppressed groups like "I, Too, Sing America" by Langston Hughes.

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