One of the Lives
by M.S. Merwin
One of the Lives Identity Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
If I had not met the red-haired boy whose father (1)
This line might not seem like it has much to do with identity, but it's the beginning of a very long sequence of events that helped shape who our speaker is. It all begins with a red-haired boy.
and if I had written anything else at the top
of the examination form where it said college (10-11)
The choices the speaker made a long time ago, in his youth, affect who he is now, even if they didn't seem like a big deal at the time. So, straighten up and fly straight, all you young Shmoopers out there!