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Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School Summary
Jane Kenyon

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Trouble with Math in a One-Room Country School Summary

Introduction

"Trouble with Math in aOne-Room Country School" first appeared in 1986 in Jane Kenyon's second volume of poems, The Boat of Quiet Hours, and again in her collection of new and selected poems, Otherwise (1996). In both prose and poems, Kenyon readily confesses that math was her weakest subject. This poem recalls a humiliating moment in elementary school when academic difficulty leads to punishment, not help. In her case, it also leads to an inner change, a heart newly "hardened against authority." In the short span of this three-stanza, 25-line poem we learn much about the settings, both outer and inner, for the change that takes place.

Aside from the title, the poem does not specifically identify the nature of her trouble, nor does it directly track the processes of her inner transformation. The poem delivers this "information" obliquely. As a result, the context of her "trouble with math" expands in...

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