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Anniversary Summary & Study Guide

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Line 1

The first line of "Anniversary" asks a question that the remainder of the poem answers. The last word, "this," refers to what is about to be described. Notice that the speaker—Harjo herself, it is safe to assume—does not imply that she can explain how the world began nor why, but only what it was like as it developed.

Lines 4-6

Poetic license allows writers to fudge a bit on reality without being held accountable for scientific accuracy. In these lines, Harjo jumps ahead in the evolution of the universe, saying that at this point "a bird or two were added," including "the crow of course to / joke about humanity," and another bird not specifically identified, but that must be one most people would consider "beautiful." The description of the crows is an allusion to the legendary reputation of the black birds—often interchangeable with ravens...

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