By the end of the poem, the identity of the narrator moves between one and many, between male and female. Why ? The poem doesn’t have a definite “answer,” but there are many points to discuss. What do you read from it?
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To talk about poetry it is good to know some words such as ‘stanza’. “The word stanza means ‘room’ in Italian…and each stanza is like a room in a house, a lyric dwelling place,” (Edward Hirsch, A Poet’s Glossary). Definitions of stanza and more poetry vocabulary can be found at poetryarchive.org/glossary.
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