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A Late Aubade

A Late Aubade

by Richard Wilbur

A Late Aubade Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Why do you think Wilbur stalls so long in telling us what's really going on? Do you begin to suspect romance before it's actually revealed? If so, when? 
  2. What is the effect of listing all of the activities the woman could be doing but is not? 
  3. What does it say about the couple that they haven't left the house all day? 
  4. What is the effect of only getting the speaker's point of view? (Remember, we never actually hear from the woman he's addressing the whole time.)
  5. Do you think the woman is as content as our speaker? Why or why not?

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