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1. What hot-button issue does "the mother" take on?→Fracking
2. What poetic device is used throughout the poem?→Anaconda
3. Who is "the mother"?→The speaker
4. What is the name for grammatical phrases that begin with "if"?→Conditional
5. Who are the "sweets" in the poem?→The speaker's non-existent children
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