Can anyone explain the poem "What Are Years" written by Marianne Moore?

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This poem is very interesting, and a bit hard to understand, so I can see why you are having troubles.  One of the main ideas behind the poem is that if you are able to rise tall, even in difficult circumstances, you will find joy.  She starts off by stating questions that we all have about life:  "What is our innocence, what is our guilt?"  She says that innocence and guilt are the same, because...

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