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After Raphael Summary
Lucie Brock-Broido

Everything you need to understand or teach After Raphael by Lucie Brock-Broido.

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After Raphael Summary

Introduction

Lucie Brock-Broido’s “After Raphael” is the second poem in her third poetry collection, 2004’s Trouble in Mind. It is a poem about grief and pressing forward in time. Having lost her parents, the speaker is faced with the process of grief, along with the realization that she herself is mortal. The same time that seems to stand still in deep sadness does not actually stand still and will take her along with it as it progresses. Then she too will grow old and will have to face the reality of her own death.

This poem is in many ways typical of Brock-Broido’s style and voice. It is written in seemingly straightforward syntax but is complex in its thematic development and imagery. The poem reads naturally, but not casually. The subject of vulnerability and relationships is addressed introspectively, as is common in Brock-Broido...

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