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Ode to My Socks Questions

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  1. Why is the poem written in such short, choppy lines? How does this relate to its subject matter?
  2. How does "Ode to My Socks" differ from the traditional ode? 
  3. How would the message of the poem be different if the speaker decided to save the socks and never wear them?
  4. The socks are compared to several different animals and objects in the poem. Which is the most effective, in your opinion? Why?
  5. Why do you think the poem is about socks? How would it be different if it were about shoes, for example?
  6. The speaker says that socks are doubly good and beautiful on a winter's day. What do you think would define good and beauty on a summer day?
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