by Rita Dove
Persephone, Falling Time Quotes
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[…] She pulled,
stooped to pull harder— (2-3)
We don't really see it until the end of the poem, but Persephone is trying to escape her mother's overprotection. Or at least, that's one way to read it. In this quote we see her desperation to be older, bigger and more in control of her life, or at the very least, her flower picking. Really, she's hoping she can pull the future into the present.
It is finished. […] (7)
As much as Persephone wants to make things speed up and experience new things, it ultimately leads to an end to time altogether. The allusion here hints at death, when humans step out of time's flow.