When reading “Colossus” I began to envision a monstrous marble statue, somewhat cracked and broken. I thought this must represent the greats of poetry and the construct they had built through their work, the colossus of poetry. Plath sees this as something that needs repair and something she can learn from.
“In their old anarchy to the horizon-line.
It would take more than a lightning-stroke
To create such a ruin.
Nights, I squat in the cornucopia
Of your left ear, out of the wind, ”
This stanza, I believe, symbolizes that the construct of great poets is in ruins but Plath is still trying to hear the muses all the greats once heard by sitting in the ear of the colossus. Additionally,I believe the lines
” To mend the immense skull-plates and clear
The bald, white tumuli of your eyes.”
is a image of fixing the minds and eyes of the poets that came before her, mending their vision. Tumuli defined is a term for burial mounds. These burial mounds can be seen as the graces of all of deceased great poets and by mending their eyes Plath is trying to find their vision and see what they viewed.
Colossus in my mind is a poem about finding the muses and vision of they great poets by rebuilding their statuesque figures they once were.