Riddle me this

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 mean, a stage, a cow in calf.

I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,

Boarded the train, there’s no getting off.

~Sylvia Plath

An English teacher read this riddle to my class many years ago. Then she asked all of the students employ our brains and figure out what the riddle meant. And now I challenge you. What does it mean and what am I trying to tell you?

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