Describe the structure of the poem "Burning a Book," and explain how this structure supports the development of the theme.

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The poem "Burning a Book" is a lyric poem, which allows it to describe the narrator's direct feelings and experiences to the reader. In the case of "Burning a Book", the narrator is the poet himself, and he is describing an event where he burned a book that he has described as appealing to readers, but simultaneously misleading, and then reflecting on thoughts surrounding it. The experience of burning books is often associated with censorship, and so it is perhaps surprising to readers that the author has done it himself. The author then uses the uncertainty brought about by this sense of surprise as the ground for an interesting proposal: that the censorship that he really cares about is the censorship that happens when books go unwritten entirely. The form of a lyric poem is extremely effective here in connecting audiences directly with the poet's train of thought, which is esoteric enough that it might be very difficult to communicate directly.

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