Can you close-read a poem? Part I

Paper & Pencil Task

Now it’s your turn to close-read the poem.

Choose either a) one word or b) one binary opposition in

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

that Philipp Schweighauser has not discussed yet in any detail and explain how it contributes to the meaning of the poem. Try to focus exclusively on the poem itself and refrain from bringing in any contextual information (e.g. author’s biography, historical context).


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