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Elegy for Jane

Elegy for Jane


by Theodore Roethke

Elegy for Jane: Salmagundi (Look it Up) True or False

1. What is a pickerel? -> a 17th century insult
2. When Jane was sad, where did she "cast herself?" -> into a pure depth
3. What does the speaker try to console himself with? -> clouds and rain
4. What is singing in the "bleached valleys under the rose?" -> mold
5. How did Jane die? -> old age