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The poem Two Sisters of Persephone is written by author Sylvia Plath. The first thing we analyze in this poem is the title.

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Commentary on Two Sisters of Persephone The poem Two Sisters of Persephone is written by author Sylvia Plath. The first thing we analyze in this poem is the title. First, I looked at the last word: Persephone. Persephone was the daughter of the ancient Greek god Zeus and goddess Demeter. She was, however tricked by Hades (the god of the underworld) into eating half a pomegranate (the fruit of the underworld) and so; Hades claimed that she must remain in the underworld. ...read more.

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The time when she was with her mother was happy and warm (spring and summer) and the time she spent with Hades in the underworld was cold and dark (fall and winter). Now, the first two lines of the poem scribe two girls. One is inside a house and the other is out. The girl who is inside the house, I would presume to be cooped up. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also, outside, the girl is able to feel the warmth and light of the sun. In medieval times the sun was a symbol of radiance and glory. So, perhaps this girl is the more favored of the two? As we move to the second stanza, the first girl's room is described as dark and wainscoted. In the myth of Persephone, she is kept in the underworld for six months out of the year. Perhaps this first girl sitting in her darkness is representative of the six months that Persephone is fated to spend with Hades. We move onto line 7 ...read more.

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