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Paradiso Summary & Study Guide

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Line 1

Koch's "Paradiso" begins with a statement that may be called an absolute positive negative: "There is no way not to be excited" (italics inserted). From the outset, the speaker takes away all but one option on how to respond to what he is about to say. Whoever hears him, whoever reads his words must be as excited as he is about the coming scenario.

Line 3

Koch relies on personification (a figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstract ideas are represented with human qualities or form) in the beginning of the poem to describe the "form of reality"—noted later in line 6—by which the speaker has been "disillusioned." In line 3 the image implied is a human being sitting perhaps at a table, with arms folded atop it and his or her head buried within the arms. One can picture the head slowly rising "From...

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