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Name: Class: "Nightfall" by Virginia (Ginny) Sanderson is licensed under CC BY- NC-ND 2.0. "The Coming of the Night" from Poetry Magazine by Linda Pastan. Copyright © 2001 by Linda Pastan. Used by permission of Linda Pastan. All rights reserved. The Coming of Night By Linda Pastan 2001 Linda Pastan (b. 1932) is an award-winning American poet known for writing short poems that address topics like family life, the female experience, aging, and death. As you read, take notes on the speaker’s attitude. When ambition, like a faulty pilot light, 1 sputters and goes out and the abstract spark of hunger with it; when even those whose ?ery eccentricities 2 seemed inextinguishable have faded into darkness or been snuAed 3 out, we are left with the peace of evensong, 4 with night coming on in the midst of what yesterday was simply afternoon. All the clocks are changed now. It is almost time to feel our way out of the world. [1] [5] [10] [15] 1. A pilot light is a small gas @ame, usually natural gas or lique?ed petroleum gas, which serves as an ignition source for
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