Poets | Poem of the Day | Top 40 | Search | Comments | Privacy
November 28th, 2015 - we have 234 poets, 8,025 poems and 305,693 comments.
Sylvia Plath - 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-
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
Fat-rutted eyes
Dream-filmed. What a vision of ancient hoghood

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

Share |

Added: Feb 20 2003 | Viewed: 1416 times | Comments and analysis of Sow by Sylvia Plath Comments (17)

Sow - Comments and Information

Poet: Sylvia Plath
Poem: Sow

Comment 17 of 17, added on November 28th, 2015 at 12:48 AM.

4ntVrm Some truly prize blog posts on this internet site , bookmarked.

crork service from Latvia
Comment 16 of 17, added on November 9th, 2015 at 8:26 AM.

hno6ND Usually it as triggered by the sincerness communicated in the article I looked at. And on this article

crorkservice fiverr from France
Comment 15 of 17, added on October 16th, 2015 at 7:58 PM.

OfI2WJ Well I really liked studying it. This post offered by you is very useful for proper planning.

crorkservice from Saudi Arabia

Are you looking for more information on this poem? Perhaps you are trying to analyze it? The poem, Sow, has received 17 comments. Click here to read them, and perhaps post a comment of your own.

Poem Info

Plath Info
Copyright © 2000-2015 Gunnar Bengtsson. All Rights Reserved. Links