Everything you need to understand or teach New Rule by Anne Carson.
"New Rule" starts by setting the scene. It is: "A New Year's white morning of hard new ice." The fact that the ice is new means that it has probably just arrived, perhaps through an ice storm. Right away, the reader knows that the action of the poem is taking place in winter and probably in a northern climate. The fact that the poet defines the ice as "hard" probably has some significance, since this is a statement of the obvious. In poetry, every word counts, and to make a good poem the poet must ruthlessly trim any unnecessary words. It could be that the poet just wants to help the reader visualize the setting. However, at this point, the reader cannot tell for sure. As the poem progresses to the next line, the setting gets more specific. Now, with the discussion of "frozen branches," it is clear that the... View more of the New Rule Summary