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by Elizabeth Bishop

Sestina The Home Quotes

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Quote #7

the little moons fall down like tears
from between the pages of the almanac
into the flower bed the child
has carefully placed in the front of the house. (33-36)

Sad little moons fall into the cheeriest part of the child's drawing. Seems like no matter what, this family is doomed to sadness, both in the real September world, and in the child's imagination.

Quote #8

and the child draws another inscrutable house. (39)

The child draws another ideal home, but it's hard to make out exactly what that is. Symbol? We think so—maybe that the perfect home is so far out of reach for them, that they can hardly even imagine it.

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