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The Sacred

The Sacred


by Stephen Dunn

The Sacred Questions

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  1. Why does Dunn use three-line stanzas with one indented line in the middle, rather than just two lines? How does the visual shape of the poem affect the way we read it? 
  2. How does Dunn's poem convince us that cruising around in a car can be sacred?
  3. In what ways does the rhythm of this poem imitate a car driving down the street?
  4. What is it about "going" that is central to "The Sacred"? 
  5. Why are there tense shifts in this poem? What effect does it have on the poem? 
  6. How does the setting of this poem become significant? Why does it start in a classroom and end in a car?

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