New and Selected Poems Character Descriptions

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Percy (the dog)

This is the subject of three separate poems, each of which is devoted to revealing something wise and fairly mystical about the energetic little black dog.

Toadappears in Page 164

This symbolizes the innate wisdom of the natural world.

Sea Mouseappears in Page 167

What distinguishes this from the other creatures described in this volume is its pitiable ugliness. It is drowned and dead.

Williamappears in Page 169

The author knows that at some point, this will become another entity who needs and wants; who demands and takes.

Winstonappears in Page 149

This is described as a big dog of indeterminate breed that the poet comes upon in the moments just before dawn.

Billappears in Page 138

This is an acquaintance of the poet, someone she sees only occasionally.

Benjaminappears in Page 11

This dog is chasing and trying to kill a raccoon.

Miss Violetappears in Page 5

This is an exquisite...

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