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Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister Questions

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  1. Why does the speaker hate Brother Lawrence so much?
  2. Why is it important that Brother Lawrence is an avid gardener? How would the poem be different if he had a different hobby, like music or painting?
  3. How would you characterize the speaker's attitude toward religion?
  4. What is the effect of all the guttural sounds – the "g-r-r-r" and the "Whew!" of lines 1, 17, and 72?
  5. Why does the speaker use so many parenthetical asides (like lines 24 and 32)?
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