this tow and that toe


Peruvian spanish
Hi !
im currently reading to Sylvia Plath's poetry and there's a phrase that i just can't understand ,it goes like this : "This tow and that toe"
it's part of a poem called "Gulliver", ive already read the translation at the dictionary , but is there any other meaning to the word "tow",thanks!:p
  • Lerma

    Senior Member

    1: a rope or chain for towing2 a: the act or an instance of towing b: the fact or state of being towed3 a: something towed (as a boat or car) b: a group of barges lashed together and usually pushed4 a: something (as a tugboat) that tows b: ski tow
    — in tow 1: under guidance or protection <taken in tow by a friendly native>2: accompanying or following usually as an attending or dependent party <not easy shopping with kids in tow>

    1: short or broken fiber (as of flax, hemp, or synthetic material) that is used especially for yarn, twine, or stuffing2 a: yarn or cloth made of tow b: a loose essentially untwisted strand of synthetic fibers


    Senior Member
    Argentina Spanish

    Creo que es un juego de palabras entre "tow" y "toe", ya que las dos se pronuncian igual. Te dice "this tow and that toe", tanto uno como el otro.

    No conozco este poema de Plath, es lo que se me ocurre.
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    Senior Member
    Canada, English

    Creo que es metafórico- 'this tow' significa 'esta añoranza'.




    Senior Member
    English - UK
    True it uses two homophonic words, but the important thing is surely that it gives examples of two distinct types of relics usually associated with saints: items of clothing and mortal remains. The tow here is, I feel, a piece of flaxen cloth, part of a garment or a shroud.


    British English

    "Tow" can also refer to a type of hair. Tow-headed. "this hair and that toe".-------hair-toe-relic.

    Worth a try-----just.

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