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Gigolo Analysis

Author: Poetry of Sylvia Plath Type: Poetry Views: 443

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The Collected Poems1963Pocket watch, I tick well.

The streets are lizardly crevices

Sheer-sided, with holes where to hide.

It is best to meet in a cul-de-sac,A palace of velvet

With windows of mirrors.

There one is safe,

There are no family photographs,No rings through the nose, no cries.

Bright fish hooks, the smiles of women

Gulp at my bulk

And I, in my snazzy blacks,Mill a litter of breasts like jellyfish.

To nourish

The cellos of moans I eat eggs --

Eggs and fish, the essentials,The aphrodisiac squid.

My mouth sags,

The mouth of Christ

When my engine reaches the end of it.The tattle of my

Gold joints, my way of turning

Bitches to ripples of silver

Rolls out a carpet, a hush.And there is no end, no end of it.

I shall never grow old. New oysters

Shriek in the sea and I

Glitter like FontainebleuGratified,

All the fall of water an eye

Over whose pool I tenderly

Lean and see me.


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I don\'t know that much about Sylvia Plath, but I believe this poem is directed at her husband, Ted Hughes, who left Plath and her two children, \"Freida and Nicholas Hughes, [born] in 1960 and 1962, respectively,\"(1) in 1962 after a 6 year marriage.
Gigolo was written in the winter of 1962/63, shortly before Plath committed suicide in February of 1963.
According to Brita Lindberg-Seyersted, \"\'Gigolo\' recalls a Mediterranean setting with crooked streets, cul-de-sacs and fruits-de-mer, alluring and disgusting as the professional seducer himself\"
Plath seemingly uses the symbolism of \"cul-de-sacs\" and a \"velvet room\" to symbolize the female sexual organ, where the Gigolo is able to hide from real problems.
Metaphors regarding misuse and neglect can be seen from the comparison to a pocket watch at the beginning of the x Lindberg-Seyersted, \"Sylvia Plath\'s Psychic Landscapes,\" in English Studies, Vol. 71, No. 6, December, 1990, pp. 509-22. Reproduced by permission.

| Posted on 2011-10-19 | by a guest

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The first stanza is all about his secret meetings with his lover
He feels he cannot get out of his situation and is very lonely because of this.
He has so many women who cater to him, he feels like he\'s always on edge. He has to fulfill their \"needs\" and he\'s been doing what he does for so long, why should he stop?

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest

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I predict that "Gigolo" by Sylvia Plath is about the day in the life of a gigolo, or a male prostitute. It's trying to show that though one may think that a gigolo's job is easy and fun, it can also be emotionally draining and can make one hate himself.

| Posted on 2006-05-16 | by Approved Guest

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