The Colossus Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Though some have different theories, most say that "The Colossus" is one big long extended metaphor for a woman grieving for her father. The poem is chock full of death imagery, which gets this ide...
Women and Femininity
Some have said that "The Colossus" is more than a poem about a lady mourning her father. You could also say that it's about the power that men have over all women in society. So, the speaker could...
"The Colossus" uses the image of a caretaker who spends her days dutifully cleaning and trying to put together a giant shattered statue. Though the task is impossible, and impossibly pointless, she...
The speaker of "The Colossus" doesn't do a lot of whining about it, but it's clear she's experiencing more than a little suffering. She just can't seem to get over some colossal loss in her past an...
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