Theodore Roethke wrote poems celebrating both wild and cultivated plants. Are there any significant differences in his attitude toward the two groups?
Roethke has a line referring to “All things innocent, hapless, forsaken.” Discuss this theme in his poetry.
What is elegiac poetry? Which Roethke poems can be so classified?
What poetic forms does Roethke favor? How well do they suit the content of his poems?
In what poems besides “Cuttings” does Roethke identify with greenhouse plants?
Mental illness can hardly be called an advantage for anyone, but did Roethke’s awareness of his precarious mental health ever lend strength to his poems?