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October 14, 2021


I look at what endures in both poems. The two paired lines ending in “reprove” and “love” are off rhymes in both versions. It makes the word love stand out & also shows the author’s lament and thus sincere belief in love. Also, autumn is cyclical & seasonal which reveals the nadir and possible hope for future beyond what was lost in WWI.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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