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By Rae Armantrout Presented by Kendal Vanfleet. xenophobia. ALLITERTION. FIGURITIVE CLUES . LITERAL CLUES. ELEMENTS. BALLAD STORY. 5 STANZAS 51 LINES. Xenophobia By Rae Armantrout 1 “must represent the governess for, of course, the creature itself

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by rae armantrout presented by kendal vanfleet
By Rae Armantrout

Presented by Kendal Vanfleet

xenophobia

ALLITERTION

FIGURITIVE CLUES

LITERAL CLUES

elements
ELEMENTS

BALLAD

STORY

5 STANZAS

51 LINES

Xenophobia By Rae Armantrout

1

“must represent the governess

for, of course, the creature itself

could not inspire such terror.”

staring at me fixedly, no

trace of recognition.

“when the window opened of its own accord.

In the big walnut tree

were six or seven wolves ...

strained attention. They were white.”

(The fear of cloudy skies.)

like strangers! After five years

Misgiving. Misdoubt.

A

B

C

D

E

When it says of its own accord it means by its self.

F

G

H

I

J

K

L

M

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2

(The fear that one is dreaming.)

The moon was shining, suddenly

everything around me appeared

(The fear of)

unfamiliar.

Wild vista

inside or near the home.

(Dread of bearing a monster.)

If I failed to overlook the torn cushions,

three teapots side by side,

strewn towels, socks, papers—

both foreign and stale.

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3

when I saw the frame was rotten,

crumbling away from the glass,

in spots, in other places still attached

with huge globs of putty.

The doctor forced me to repeat the word.

Chimera. Cold feet.

scared and unreal looking at buildings.

The thin Victorians with scaly paint,

their flimsy backporches linked

by skeletal stairways.

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4

After five years

(The fear that you are not at home.)

I was sitting in the alcove where I never sit

when I noticed a single eye,

crudely drawn in pencil,

in a corner near the floor.

The paint was blistering—

beneath it I saw white.

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5

Sparrows settle on the sagging wires.

(Fear of sights not turned to words.)

Horrific. Grisly.

“Rumplestiltskin!”

Not my expression.

Not my net of veins

beneath thin skin.

(A morbid dread of throbbing.)

Of its own accord

She puts “my” in italics to state that it wasn’t her expression this must mean there is another person.

literal
LITERAL
  • Speaker
  • Doctor
  • Wolves
  • Alcove
  • The speaker fears that they are not alone.
figurative
FIGURATIVE
  • The speaker is in an old house that is run down and everything in it is old and broken.
  • The speaker hasn’t been there for five years.
  • Thinks that the house may be haunted
  • Window opens by itself.
citations
Citations
  • royalty-free-stock-photo-old-cracked-window-image22469355
  • http://eyesthehorrorgame.com/
  • www.flickr.com
  • www.fanpop.com