What is the meaning of "Black Rook in Rainy Weather"? I think it's supposed to be about noticing the miracles around us, but it's hard to tell.

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

In the beautiful poem "Black Rook in Rainy Weather," Sylvia Plath observes the miracle of creativity. It's not so much about noticing miracles around us for their own sake, but for what we can glean from them as artists. As a poet, she is taking a walk, not expecting anything, but hoping to "patch together a content of sorts." She is searching for the miracle of inspiration.

When Plath starts out, she writes that she does not expect a miracle as she watches the black rook preening on a stiff twig. She watches impartially, letting "spotted leaves fall as they fall, without ceremony, or portent." However, she clarifies that she desires "some backtalk from the mute sky." The...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 356 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team