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Up-Hill

Up-Hill

  

by Christina Rossetti

Up-Hill Questions

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

  1. There's clearly some symbolism going on with the dialogue in "Up-Hill," but what do you think is being depicted? Who or what do Speaker #1 and Speaker #2 represent?
  2. Speaker #1 knows nothing and Speaker #2 has all the answers, but where do you think Speaker #2 got his or her knowledge? Why?
  3. Do you think the question-answer format of this poem is effective? Why or why not? 
  4. How else might it have been structured? How would this change your interpretation of the poem?
  5. How do you think Speaker #1 feels at the beginning of this poem? Does talking to Speaker #2 change that emotion? Why or why not?
  6. Vice versa: how do you think Speaker #2 feels at the beginning of this poem? Does talking to Speaker #1 change that emotion? Why or why not?

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