The Cossacks Summary
Linda Pastan

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The Cossacks Summary

Linda Pastan's poem “The Cossacks” appears in her 2002 collection titled The Last Uncle. Although Pastan is generally associated with poetry related to domesticity and personal experience, her later poetry often considers themes of aging, mortality, and the reality of death. “The Cossacks” contains these themes, but the poem is somewhat unusual in her canon of work because it is presented as a poem about her Jewish heritage. In the poem, she gives voice to...

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