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1. All of the "usual" things the girlchild is exposed to reflect the theme of→mortality
2. The talk about playing coy and wheedling emphasizes the poem's theme of→versions of reality
3. The "magic of puberty" and the cruel words the kids say reflect the theme of→coming of age
4. The girlchild with a putty nose in her casket demonstrates the dangerous consequences of idealized→man and nature
5. The fact that the girlchild goes "to and fro apologizing" emphasizes the poem's theme of→women and femininity
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