by Sylvia Plath
The Colossus Death Quotes
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Perhaps you consider yourself an oracle,
Mouthpiece of the dead, or of some god or other. (6-7)
The speaker mockingly accuses the statue of thinking it's a high and mighty oracle. All the classical allusions in the poem make us think that she's specifically referencing the Oracle of Delphi. Of course, the priestesses of that oracle were said to get the scoop on the future from their god, Apollo, not the spirits of the dead.
To mend the immense skull-plates and clear (14)
The speaker could have chosen to talk about mending the statue's head, but instead chooses the word "skull-plates." This brings a deathly image to our minds and seems to hint at the idea that this fallen Colossus is meant to represent a human who's died.