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April 15, 2012

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Laura, this is so cool!

Yes Laura it is. Thanks!

My only problem with this poem is comes from the last time I graded A.P. Literature exams. The question was to explicate this poem, and at least 60% of the kids thought it must have had something to do with Huckleberry Finn. Because that was the only context through which they knew the word "twain." I am not exaggerating. They were baffled but game, though, trying to make connections that didn't exist - like saying the Titanic was Huck, and the iceberg was supposed to be Jim. Some of them tried so hard...I had to give them props for effort, if not for vocabulary.

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