Opening and Closing Lines of the Poem

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Opening and Closing Lines of the Poem Does the poet place significant information or emotion in these places? For example,  when reading Marianne Moore's "Poetry," readers may question the negative stance in the  opening lines. Does the poet intend to leave a lasting impression by closing with a particular  thought? For example, why does Langston Hughes' "Harlem" lead to the word "explode"? Passage of Time in the Poem Can readers pin down a time frame? What details specify time? Does the poet name a particular month or season, as with Amy Lowell's "Patterns"? Is there a clear passage of time, as with the decline of the deceased woman in  Denise Levertov's "Death in Mexico"? How long is the period of time? Are there gaps? Speaker of the Poem Who is the speaker? Is the person male or female? Does the voice speak in first person (I, me, my, mine), for example, John Berryman's 
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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