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Anecdote of the Jar

Anecdote of the Jar


by Wallace Stevens

Anecdote of the Jar Questions

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

  1. Who do you think the "I" mentioned in the first line of the poem is? What do you think is his or her significance? 
  2. Which do you prefer, the jar, or the wilderness? Why? 
  3. When read out loud, how do the sounds in this poem impact its effect on the reader? 
  4. How do you imagine the setting of this poem before the jar arrived? How about after? 
  5. What do you think is the significance of "Tennessee" in this poem? What makes this particular state special, or not?

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