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            The poem “Sow” presents a pig that seems to be praised by the narrator and pushes for the reader to have the same perception. The neighbor, the sow’s owner, does not believe it is anything but an animal and keeps it secluded. Features such as diction, allusion, and images are specifically used to enhance the portrayal of the sow.
             The author begins the poem by writing “God knows how our neighbor managed to breed his great sow.” In writing this the author makes an image that the sow is great right from the beginning and that he must have done something different that made the sow the way it is. He also writes “Nor dolt pig ripe for heckling, about to be glorified for prime flesh and golden crackling.” This means that this pig is no way going to be cooked and eaten. It shows how valuable the pig actually is. The reader can see an image of a pig roasting and understands that this pig is much greater than that. He writes “Of a sow lounged belly-bedded on that black compost, fat-rutted eyes.” He writes this to show what the neighbor, that owns that pig, thinks of him. He is a fat hog that lies in compost on his back. That’s all he is, no hulk or the great grandam! .
             Diction is also used in the portrayal of the sow and to show what the narrator and the neighbor, the owner of the sow think of it. The author writes “He kept the sow – impounded from public stare, Prize ribbon and pig show.” The author writes this to show the perception of the neighbor and how he believes there is nothing special of the sow and keeps him secluded. This might suggest the neighbors fear that once he is exposed, people will also think he is not so great and look down upon him. Also, ‘On the move, hedged by a litter of feat-foot ninnies Shrilling her hulk To halt for a swig at the pink teats.” The narrator writes this to show how it can overpower the other pigs when it feels like it wants to feed.