Study Guide

Barter Setting

By Sara Teasdale

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This one seems to have kind of a mobile setting. We have descriptions of a seascapes and forest imagery, but it's tough to pin down where our speaker is located.

One thing that we can say for sure, there isn't any indoor or urban imagery in the poem. This gives us the sense that the poem is being spoken in the presence of nature—perhaps outside, surrounded by the kind of loveliness the speaker wants us to purchase. Using this kind of setting enables Teasdale to give the reader a better sense of the loveliness she's trying to sell—kind of like a that free spritz of perfume at the mall, she's trying to get you to buy the loveliness by letting you experience, first hand, how awesome it is.

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