by Sylvia Plath
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.
Choose an egg-shape, a world-shape,
Bowl one homeward to taste
In the whitehot noon:
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
Use online or library resources to find the
location of "Benidorm."
What do the details in the poem
tell you about the place the poet is describing? How do you
know it is probably not a modern scene in the US?
What is familiar? What is unfamiliar?
What kind of melon is egg-shape? What kind of
melon is world shape. Why does she suggest bowling one homeward?
How are the seeds like confetti?
How many kinds of melon can you identify from the descriptions?
List all the adjectives used to describe the melons.
Find examples of personification in the poem.
Find examples of metaphor, simile and alliteration
What is the mood of the poem? Find two words that helps set
Draw a picture of the scene she is describing.