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The Waking

The Waking


by Theodore Roethke

The Waking: The United States of Mind True or False

1. How does the speaker experience fate? -> By fearing it.
2. What does the speaker learn by going? -> Where the buck stops.
3. What is feeling’s relation to thinking in this poem? It’s: -> The result.
4. What word best describes the waking? -> Slow.
5. What does the speaker suggest about knowledge? -> It’s unbelievable.