New and Selected Poems Topics for Discussion

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Using "Children, It's Spring" (page 5) as your primary reference point, define anthropomorphism and explain how it is used in the poem. Examine the descriptive language used to determine what kind of character "Miss Violet" is.

In the poem "Wild, Wild" (page 36) the author mentions three pairs of lovers taken from classical literature: Romeo and Juliet; Tristan and Isolde; Faust and Marguerite. Using the context of the poem, consider the following: What does each pair "say" about the nature of love? Why would the poet use these three specific pairs? If the pairs had not been used, how would the author have conveyed this same message to the reader?

In "Stars" (page 127) the writer talks about writing as a way of having a dialogue with the natural world. What, exactly, is the process as Mary Oliver describes it? According to the author, what is the most important obstacle...

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