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Song of Reasons Summary & Study Guide

This Study Guide consists of approximately 33 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Song of Reasons.
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Lines 1-2

The first word of "Song of Reasons" is a direct tie-in with the title. Opening with the word "Because" implies that the poem may be full of answers and explanations as to why things are as they are, but one does not have to read very far to find that this is not the case. Instead, the first word gets attached to a sudden shift of key in an old Italian repertoire favorite, popular among opera singers. When the pitch in the "little tune" becomes higher, Pinsky claims that "everyone feels / A sad smile beginning," but who "everyone" is and what role nostalgia plays at the outset of the poem is not clear.

Lines 7-8

Line 7 throws a new twist into the already odd depiction of the dukes, for now "they are somehow Jewish," which would seem to negate their privileges at Notre Dame, but to...

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