In Benidorm there are melons,
Whole donkey-carts full

Of innumerable melons,
Ovals and balls,

Bright green and thumpable
Laced over with stripes

Of turtle-dark green.
Chooose an egg-shape, a world-shape,

Bowl one homeward to taste
In the whitehot noon :

Cream-smooth honeydews,
Pink-pulped whoppers,

Bump-rinded cantaloupes
With orange cores.

Each wedge wears a studding
Of blanched seeds or black seeds

To strew like confetti
Under the feet of

This market of melon-eating
Fiesta-goers.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Sylvia Plath's poem Fiesta Melons

2 Comments

  1. Mohammed Al-Obaidi says:

    This is an analysis on Sylvia Plath’s Fiesta Melons. The main theme of the poem is melons, as she refers to them numerous times over the course of the poem. The motif is partying.
    The mood given off by this poem was happy and generally having fun as the word “Fiesta” in the title suggests. A few more words to help this theory are “melon-eating”, “thumpable”, “confetti” and “market”.
    In this poem there is no rhyming scheme but I like the way that even though there are no rhymes she can still give it a rock solid beat. One other thing I noticed is that Plath puts to use many hyphenated words such as “turtle-dark”, “world-shape”, “pink-pulped” and ”fiesta-goers”. Plath is very good at packing her poems full of wonderful imagery including “to strew like confetti”, “laced over with stripes” and “whitehot noon”.
    In conclusion Plath’s Fiesta Melons was about having fun in beautiful climate. My favourite parts were when she was created some beautiful imagery like bright green and “thumpable”. This poem was written when Plath just wanted to remember her honeymoon in southern Spain.

  2. Sophie says:

    I loved the poem! Me and my friend are melon fanatics and that made my day!

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