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Persephone, Falling
Persephone, Falling
by Rita Dove

Tough-O-Meter

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(1) Sea Level

Yeah, sure, you need to go look up the myth to really understand it, but the vocabulary is simple and the sentences aren't complex. It takes a little bit of a turn after the first stanza, but probably won't lose most readers. This is a good example of a poem that isn't difficult to approach, but keeps rewarding a careful reader.

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