Friday, May 16, 2008

A Poem for the Weekend

I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off.

- Sylvia Plath

What’s the answer, you say? NO CHEATING!!!!


Chloe C 2 said...

Is the answer the poem itself? Each line has 9 syllables.

Malik B. 4 said...

I haven't looked at again but on Friday Mr. Londino tried to get a couple of us to "analyze" it and got no where.

Thanh N. 4 said...

My guess is..The poem has 9 syllables and it means that there is a big problem but it is getting nowhere. o.o

Katherine Z 4 said...

Mr.Walsh did Mr.Londino told you to post this poem? LoL

I'll blog again when I figure out the answer.

Mr. Walsh said...

No - it is not the poem. Yes, Mr. Londino did not personally give it me, but it came via one of you guys.

Don't cheat.

Ashley N. 4 said...

Aw, Sylvia Plath's my favorite.
I have a whole book of just her poems, haha.

Um, well, the poem is called 'Metaphors' so, I'm assuming the answer is metaphors, but like Chloe and Thanh said that there's 9 syllables in the poem, so the poem itself might be the answer. Or, the line "I'm a riddle in nin syllables" could be completley spontaneous, jsut like everythign else in the poem.

We should've analyzed Sylvia Plath poems for our poetry period, gosh, Mr. Walsh.

Ashley N. 4 said...

LOL. My friend Michelle and I just discussed this and we figured out the answer because we read in the book that she was in a certain maternal condition when she wrote this poem, but that means I cheated, so I can't post the answer. :[

Mr. Walsh said...

Sylvia Plath is great. Perhaps I'll work in and teach "Daddy" before the year is done - if time allows. It has a great use of tone, sound, and the second person.

Jen-T 4 said...

im gunna guess a baby because isnt a calf a cow's baby? Although im not sure where the "bag of green apples" would fit in, baby food?

Kim C 2 said...

A pregnant being. One line says "a cow in calf", calf, like Jen said is an infant cow, so the cow in calf, is something carrying a baby.

Trang T 2 said...

First time I read through this poem, I didn’t know what it was saying but I tried to figure it out and it was interesting riddle. The author calls herself “an elephant, a ponderous house” her tone seems to be sarcastic and annoyed may be because she wasn’t happy with her appearance. “This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.” What is it rising in her that she feels irritated? The fact that she eats a bag of green apples reminds me the story of Adam and Eva. And yet, she condemns her sin she has done something wrong that she could never get off. It seems to me that it’s unexpected pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

Haha, i should've check the blog sooner, I was in Mr. Londino's class when he explained the poem.