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The Naked and the Nude

The Naked and the Nude


by Robert Graves

The Naked and the Nude Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Are there good and bad ways of portraying the naked body? What are they? What does the poem think they are?
  2. Do you think that repeating the words "naked" and "nude" over and over again makes the poem seem more or less sensational? Why? 
  3. Would the tone of "The Naked and the Nude" be different if it didn't rhyme? How so?
  4. Has photography changed art's relationship to the nude body? Film? Television? How? 
  5. Can art be immoral? How might the speaker answer these questions?

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