How is the experience of listening to stanza 4 similar to reading stanza 4? How is it different?

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To some extent, the answer to this question depends on which particular recording of the poem you happen to listen to. Some recordings are inevitably better than others, and the better ones tend to be by those able to capture the rhythms and cadences of spoken-word poetry, which is by no means as easy as it sounds.

In the final stanza of "If—," there has to be some sense of resolution—some...

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