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Unread 02-26-2022, 07:53 AM
Susan McLean Susan McLean is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Iowa City, IA, USA
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Thanks, Julie. Your pointing out the places where I used "objects" in place of "things" made me realize that it might be better to use "things" each time. Rilke called this collection his "thing poems," so it is a crucial term for him, and there is a strong emphasis on things in this poem in particular, in which the hetaerae have become things themselves. They were always playthings for the men when they were alive.

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