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Elegy for Jane

Elegy for Jane


by Theodore Roethke

Elegy for Jane: Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral True or False

1. What does Roethke compare Jane's "neckcurls" to? -> tendrils
2. What does Roethke compare Jane's smile to? -> Toucan Sam
3. In her sadness, what does Jane scrape her cheek against? -> branches
4. What casts a "spiny shadow?" -> a fern
5. What does Roethke describe as "skittery?" -> a swallow