Written in the same time period

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Written in the same time period, "The Truth the Dead Know" commemorates Sexton's grief for her  parents, who died in 1959 within three months of each other — her mother from breast cancer, her  father from cerebral hemorrhage. The speaker recalls her father's funeral in June, when she left the  formal funeral to walk alone from the church as though turning her back on God and ritual. Later, at  the shore, the poet recalls sunlight that glitters like a candle and the surf, which swings to land like  an iron gate. The wind, as impersonal as falling stones, drives inland from "whitehearted water," a  suggestion of bloodlessness and diminished passion. Simultaneously with nature's functions, the  speaker touches a loved one and affirms life. The final quatrain bears out an alternating rhyme scheme, which links perfect and imperfect rhymes  of church/hearse, grave/brave, cultivate/gate, sky/die, stones/alone, and touch/much. In the 
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