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Unformatted text preview: Wendy Candler 12/10/07 4 th Sow by Sylvia Plath The poem Sow by Sylivia Plath is about exactly what the title suggests. The subject of the poem, an enormous prized pig, is described in great detail by an inquisitive neighbor who sees it for the first time after hearing of its reputation. Plath clearly conveys that this is no ordinary hog with her use of diction, allusion, and imagery. The poem opens with an air mystery about it as the narrator describes the secrecy in which the pig is guarded and the lantern-lit maze of barns that must be navigated to even get a glimpse of it. Already, the narrator has high expectations for the infamous animal which is kept impounded from public stare and away from pig shows where prizes could easily be won. Once seen, however, the narrator is immediately in awe and begins to describe with vivid imagery, first, what the pig is not, further emphasizing its uniqueness. It is not a rose-and- larkspurred china piggybank, nor is it ripe for eating as prime flesh and golden crackling. It larkspurred china piggybank, nor is it ripe for eating as prime flesh and golden crackling....
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This note was uploaded on 01/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Cornett during the Spring '08 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '08