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What do "sessions" and "summons" imply?

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glenra92 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2010 at 2:35 PM via web

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What do "sessions" and "summons" imply?

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted November 3, 2010 at 2:38 PM (Answer #1)

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The metaphors of “sessions” and “summons” suggest that the speaker, in moments of reflection, is like a judge sitting in judgment of his past. The metaphor suggests that his entire memory of previous experiences is constantly present and influential in his life. The memories are like defendants that march before the judge to stand while their behavior is considered, judged, sometimes found guilty, and sometimes acquitted. This comparison is extremely clever and follows through with some type of spiritual reckoning in that one is going to be judged on how well or how poorly one has lived.

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