To understand what the bears mean to the author, try putting yourself in her situation. Picking up on some key words can help you locate where she was and what time it was when the bears were with her.
In the first line, the bears "walked my room at night." Their fur was "electric in the deepening dusk." They used to walk "softly, surely, up the creakless stair/ While I lay listening in bed...." They walked around, and she would hear their "thick nocturnal pacing in my room..."
But the presence of the bears walking up the stairs and around her room at night is clearly a thing of the past. When was that? And why bears? We can think of a time when bears seemed real to us, our childhood with its teddy bears. Rich is positioning the bears' actions as real instead of imaginary to accentuate the powerful role that imagination plays in children.
In addition, she is speaking to the bears--the poetic device of apostrophe , direct address, often to an inanimate object or...
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