What is meant by “It’s Penelope” in the poem Television?

QuestionsWhat is meant by “It’s Penelope” in the poem Television?
Anu massey asked 2 years ago

It smells so good, what can it be?/Good gracious, it’s Penelope. — What does Roald Dahl mean by Penelope in his poem Television?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 2 years ago

It is not confirmed what the poet actually refers to by that. I think ‘Penelope’ is a character of a popular book, may be the faithful wife of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. 
 
The poet has said this while talking about the love of book in the children of the past when there was no television. The quoted line above is an example expression of a book-lover of his time when they found both the smell and the content of the book attractive and thanked God for presenting such a book to them.


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Shashwat answered 2 years ago

Our teacher explained it to us that she was a mythical character who was eaten up by cannibals.


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Geeta answered 2 years ago

Penelope is a girl’s name; she was a mythical character who was eaten up by the cannibals, people who eat human flesh.


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VT answered 9 months ago

In the above line the poet is adding an extra information.

The line before this says that cannibals were crouching round the pot. Therefore when the pot is smelled from afar, it smells good. But then to their surprise, they find Penelope!

This is the reason why these lines were given in brackets in the original version.

Thank you! Hope you got your answer!
P.S. This is the meaning of the line, not Penelope.


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