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Open House

In this poem, the speaker describes what the process and practice of writing poetry—of being a poet whose heart is like an "open house" to all the world—is like. How the Vulnerability of Poetry...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 11:13 am UTC

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Open House

In this poem, the speaker/poet reflects on what it is like to write poetry, to be a poet, and how uncomfortable it is. Many of the poet's word choices reflect his sense of vulnerability and the...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 12:28 pm UTC

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Open House

In "Open House," Theodore Roethke likens the poetic process to making himself a metaphorical open house of sorts. He explains that he lays his very sense of self onto the page and hides nothing in...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 10:47 am UTC

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Open House

The speaker The speaker of the poem is the only true character, so to speak, in this work. The speaker well may be the author himself in this case. Though I usually caution students not to assume...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 11:30 am UTC

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Open House

In this poem, Theodore Roethke examines the poetic process by reflecting on himself as a living and breathing "Open House" of sorts through the emotions he pours out onto each page. Roethke often...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 11:43 am UTC

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