Ordinary Words Summary
Ruth Stone

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Ordinary Words Summary

Ruth Stone's poem "Ordinary Words" is the title poem of her 1999 collection Ordinary Words. A mere seventeen lines, the poem is broken into two stanzas of eleven and six free-verse lines respectively. The first stanza consists of the speaker's reminiscence of a time when she hurt another person with her words and a description of the pain and regret she continues to feel for that act, even though the person is now dead. The...

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