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by Elizabeth Bishop

Sestina Time Quotes

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Quote #4

It's time for tea now; but the child (13)

This little line locates us very specifically in time (it's not just autumn—it's tea time), and it's a pretty cool contrast with the "bigger" sense of time we have from the mention of September and failing light.

Quote #5

Time to plant tears, says the almanac. (37)

Well isn't that such a strange declaration of time? Is this what the almanac "foretold" earlier in the poem? And what makes that moment "time to plant tears?" We didn't know that was a thing people planned for.

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