The Triggering Town: Lectures and Essays on Poetry and Writing Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are the two attitudes Hugo says a writer carries to the page?

One of the two attitudes Hugo says a writer carries to the page is that the music of language must conform to the truth. The other is that all truth must conform to music. He feels that the first attitude is limiting.

2. In what way does Hugo feel that young poets find it difficult to free themselves from the initiating subject of a poem?

Hugo feels that young poets find it difficult to free themselves from the initiating subject of a poem because they are too married to it. When they try to move away from it, they end up repeating themselves or they simply can't get away from it at all.

3. How does Hugo describe looking at the world of the imagination?

Hugo describes the world of the imagination as a place where it is impossible to write meaningless sequences. To take this concept on faith is to be foolish, but foolish like a trout.

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