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Epitaph for an Old Woman

Epitaph for an Old Woman


by Octavio Paz

Epitaph for an Old Woman Questions

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

  1. What do you think the setting of this poem looks like? 
  2. Do you think the dust of the husband trembled physically, metaphorically, or both? Why, or why not? 
  3. What might this trembling represent? Why do you think so?
  4. What is the effect of the line spacing in this poem? 
  5. Think about an old woman you know. Would this epitaph do her honor? Why, or why not?

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