Common Workplace Book assignment.docx - Gretel in Darkness\"This is the world we wanted Gretel says\"All who would have seen us dead are dead But the

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Gretel in Darkness "This is the world we wanted," Gretel says. "All who would have seen us dead are dead." But the memory haunts her, "the witch's cry," "the spires of that gleaming kiln." Her self-interrogation "Why do I not forget?" This illustrates the living and hallucinatory quality of a child's fear, and the tendency of children to color a past horror with all the vividness of a present one. She addresses Hansel. The poet draws out a childhood myth and suffuses it with the indignant fear children feel
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