Gold Mouths Cry

At first when I read this poem it made absolutely no sense but when I sat down in class with a friend it started to become clear 🙂


Sylvia Plath writes about a  bronze statue referred to as bronze boy standing in a graveyard. He reminisces about the thousand autumns that had come to pass and how the leaves of trees came sliding down his shoulders in all those years.

“We ignore the coming of doom of gold and we are glad in this bright metal season.” This is a remark of how we disregard our mortality, death being referred to as the doom of gold and life being referred to as a bright metal season. The dead laugh at how easily we forget our impending deaths, mocking the living.

The bronze boy never grieves as he is surrounded by death, the deceased in the graveyard as well as the leaves falling off of the trees that have blinded his eyes to sadness and mourning for the inevitable.

The juxtaposition of nature as exampled by the leaves and trees and the metallic references express the polar opposites of life and death discussed in the poem. The bronze boy is a symbol of immortality, (cast as a stature to honour his  heroic deeds while he was living) standing in a position where he is forced to watch the evidence of mortality all around him, numb to the grief that accompanies it after having spent centuries knee deep in a sea of morbidity.

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