Why is the constantly changing form of the poem, "The Armadillo" important?

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The form of the poem is important because of how it aligns with the content.

 

To be specific, notice how the lines rhyme, but how they shift in length on the page. This creates a tension between sameness and regularity and change. This is related to the confusion in the skies—is it a fire balloon (the new/false) or a planet (the old/familiar)?

 

Also look at the story that's sketched in. It's about the accidental destruction of habits, and the change in what's seen that this produces; this is a kind of change too.

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