Memoir

How does Mona Van Duyn use imagery in Memoir?

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In the third stanza, Van Duyn says, "When the poem arrives at the eye / of the hurricane, hush of print / retrieves what the blind wind would lose." Using the images of the wind and a hurricane, Van Duyn again alludes to the way in which poetry can be scattered or destroyed. Thankfully, the "hush of print" can save it from being lost or ruined. She concludes that once poetry is published, "the heart becomes all ear / and the deaf-mute world hears the sound / of its own green, resplendent words."

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