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by Elizabeth Bishop

Sestina Transformation Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #4

She shivers and says she thinks the house
feels chilly, and puts more wood in the stove. (23-24)

It seems like the grandmother wants to do everything she can to stall the change that's coming. What do you think: good move? Or bad move?

Quote #5

It was to be, says the Marvel Stove. (25)

The stove seems to be completely accepting of the change (whatever the change actually is). That reminds us of the almanac—another object that embraces change. So it's really only the people in this poem who are struggling with it.

Quote #6

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

Planting the seeds of change? Maybe something sad will sprout in the spring. Or hey, maybe it'll all turn around.

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