From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.



by Sylvia Plath

Mushrooms Summary

On the surface, the poem is about a bunch of mushrooms quietly growing in a nighttime forest. They poke their heads from the leafy, pine-needled forest floor and eventually sprout from the cracks in a city sidewalk. If you dig a little deeper, though, you'll find that the poem is a big whoppin' extended metaphor. The mushrooms seem to represent an oppressed population—most likely women—who are mounting a quiet revolution. At the end of the poem, we're told that, by morning, they'll have the respect they deserve.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...