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Can anyone give some insight into the poem Sow by Sylvia Plath? Maybe themes present, or analysis of the poem?

Question by Lisa: Can anyone give some insight into the poem Sow by Sylvia Plath? Maybe themes present, or analysis of the poem?
I’ve read it through a few times and can identify the literary terms, etc, but cannot get anywhere in interpreting the meaning or the themes in the poem. Any help would be great. Thanks!.

The poem is below:

Sow

God knows how our neighbor managed to breed
His great sow:
Whatever his shrewd secret, he kept it hid

In the same way
He kept the sow–impounded from public stare,
Prize ribbon and pig show.

But one dusk our questions commended us to a tour
Through his lantern-lit
Maze of barns to the lintel of the sunk sty door

To gape at it:
This was no rose-and-larkspurred china suckling
With a penny slot

For thrift children, nor dolt pig ripe for heckling,
About to be
Glorified for prime flesh and golden crackling

In a parsley halo;
Nor even one of the common barnyard sows,
Mire-smirched, blowzy,

Maunching thistle and knotweed on her snout-
cruise–
Bloat tun of milk
On the move, hedged by a litter of feat-foot ninnies

Shrilling her hulk
To halt for a swig at the pink teats. No. This vast
Brobdingnag bulk

Of a sow lounged belly-bedded on that black
compost,
Fat-rutted eyes
Dream-filmed. What a vision of ancient hoghood
must

Thus wholly engross
The great grandam!–our marvel blazoned a knight,
Helmed, in cuirass,

Unhorsed and shredded in the grove of combat
By a grisly-bristled
Boar, fabulous enough to straddle that sow’s heat.

But our farmer whistled,
Then, with a jocular fist thwacked the barrel nape,
And the green-copse-castled

Pig hove, letting legend like dried mud drop,
Slowly, grunt
On grunt, up in the flickering light to shape

A monument
Prodigious in gluttonies as that hog whose want
Made lean Lent

Of kitchen slops and, stomaching no constraint,
Proceeded to swill
The seven troughed seas and every earthquaking
continent.

Best answer:

Answer by Need2know
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Can you help me with this poem? is correctly punctuated? is it right?

Question by smart girl: Can you help me with this poem? is correctly punctuated? is it right?
Deep down, beneath years
Of elegant clothes and food
A shrewd, vain girl’s story hides
Raging with jealous
She neglects the consequences
The result appeared to her before the senses tingled in her small brain
Molten tears ran because of the deaths
Like the floods in the bloody river Yangtze
Nowhere to go
No one to talk to
The live of the poor girl is betrayed
No one thought that this envious girl’s life would end up in the dumpster!
One heartbreaking person
One heartbreaking choice
can you say what grade I can get? the quality?

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Answer by Regina
you dont need the exclamation mark after dumpster and make it jealousy and it will make more sense and LIVE needs to be LIFE

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What do you think of my poem?

Question by Smarties: What do you think of my poem?
The Nanking Massacre

Every time this story is told, my grandfather sheds a tear
Like the boogeyman to a child, this is his worst fear
The massacre by the Japanese that took place on December 1937
Caused five hundred thousand deaths
And also made him an orphan at age eleven.

“Just civilian casualties”, Tokyo Exclaimed,
However it was the opposite of what they claimed
There was a contest of who can kill the most Chinese
A soldier won by causing ninety-seven deaths
Is winning worth causing that many deaths?

Worse than the contest, there were many rapes and looting
Many women were brutally raped,
Young or old, no woman escaped
If they tried to flee they would be shot dead,
The soldiers would do unspeakable things to their bodies, alive or dead

On the topic of mutilation, what the Japanese did best
Opening up countless units to conduct human tests
Even the surgical tools used by the Japanese would plead for mercy
What they did to Chinese can disgust many,
No wonder it is such a huge controversy

The massacre was over within a week
Left the Yangtze River filled with bodies, oh how it reeked
This is so painful for me I could cry for a thousand years
The Japanese still owe the Chinese an overdue formal apology
I can forgive, but I will never forget this horrible atrocity

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Answer by marys.momma
It could do with a few corrections – “in December 1937”, “explained”, plus commas and periods where appropriate.

You paint a vivid picture of a historic event. There’s no need to force rhymes, but you might want to give your poem some extra structure by putting it into actual blank verse (unrhymed iambic pentameter).

Basically it’s a very good poem.

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What was the epic or poem about Yangtze River and 2 lovers.?

Question by Sou: What was the epic or poem about Yangtze River and 2 lovers.?
i was told about a poem / epic about Yangtze River a few months ago telling the story of a couple, which fall apart , one is at the beginning side and other is at the ending side, they get together when they both drink from the Yangtze etc… any one knows the poem and remind me please 🙂 ( Also if possible Translation in Eng. )

xie xie from now on 🙂
From a Shanghainese girl.( she didnt write ) they werent in sky and in the end of the story they were drinking from the same water and coming together. This is a bit like summary of the poem. about Yangtze River

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Answer by Elena S
the only legend that comes to my mind is about the sky lovers split by the Sky great river…
and there wasn’t anything about drinking the water….
where did you have such legend mentioned?…

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Q&A: does anybody know the poem about the yangtze river?

Question by eyecream: does anybody know the poem about the yangtze river?
the starting goes like i live in the head of yangtze river and i forgot the rest…

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Answer by XweetHeart
I know part of the chinese version of that poem I think. I remember something that has to do with the ducks that swim on it or something like that.

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