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by Marianne Moore

Analysis: Sound Check

Have you ever overheard someone in a restaurant telling a funny story, or have you ever woken up from a really vivid dream and immediately reached for a piece of paper to jot some notes? This poem sounds a bit like if, awhile later, someone read your notes out loud. Sure, it's short, but it's filled with "fortune cookie" bits of wisdom, quick and powerful punch lines, and unusual cultural references (such as the glass flowers at Harvard). Now all you have to do is take those brilliant notes and flesh them out into a longer essay…

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