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I love this poeeeeem! I saw it on my AP Lit&Comp test and it just perked me right up

I LOVE IT TOO!! ALMOST MADE ME WANT TO CRY!! It was one of the best poems I have read and it was a great choice for the AP English Literature & Composition exam :) <3

this is seriously an amazing poem!

this poem was on my AP test as well
having gone through the exact same thing with my own was an amazing, wonderfully written poem, i think one of my favorite poems

Hey Alex, supposedly we're not supposed to disclose what was on our AP test! HAHA, I don't know why though, I mean it's not like we can go back and change it...

Oops, that was to Dancer** sorry

i wanted to cry when i was reading this for
my AP english lit exam <33 it was so touching i had to look it up

Thank you all for commenting here about Sharon Old's poem. It is a wonderful, moving poem and I wrote about it and posted a link to a wonderful reading of it here

I would love to know the specific question that was on your AP exam and how you answered it.
Stacey Harwood, Managing Editor

This poem was really great. It was on a test I took recently---really emotional and inspiring.

Ms. Harwood, we aren't at liberty to discuss the questions regarding the poem. However, there were various questions regarding the poem's interpretation, etc.

The poem truly was amazing, and a great choice by Collegeboard.

God, I love this. i really felt what she was describing to me. after taking the exam I had to look it up.

this poem stuck out to me when i took the AP & when i looked it up it was neat to find out that it was written by sharon olds. her poetry is pretty great.

I also saw this poem on the AP test and I looked it up right after. It suck out because it was the only passage i actually understood.

MOST EPIC LIT TEST EVER!!!!! I fell in love with this poem at first read. <3

can someone please explain, what its truly about, it made me cry cause of her dying father, but then i got lost on it

The questions that were asked about this poem weren't especially difficult; I only had to read it once to understand. But it was such a sincere, beautiful poem that it brought tears to my eyes.

I straight up broke down crying while reading this during my comp+lit test...this poem changed my life.

What a touching poem. When my daughter died it was sudden with no time for goodbyes. That is the one thing I will always wish for.

Absolutely excellent, many surprises.

Just heard this on BBC Radio Four's 'Something Understood' programme. Beautiful.

"The Race" is in a book of poetry my dad gave me before his death in 2008. The poem is still alive and moving in my heart. Just now, i sent one line of it to a friend who just lost her mother. The friend drove 800 miles overnight to be with her when she entered heaven.
The purpose of poetry is to help us find beauty and meaning in life and in death. It can let us find joy and peace in the face of death and loss. The Race is a true masterpiece by Sharon Olds. It will live as long as there mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.

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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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