Stanza 1: “Whatever.” It’s a word that I hate (but only when it’s spoken in a certain tone). What kind of tone does “whatever” give to Stanza 1?
Stanza II: Metaphor. Words = “brisk herbs of language”. How so?
Stanza III, IV: Light and Texture. What word choices contribute to the atmosphere the poet has created here?
Stanza VII, VIII: A New Voice. These lines are in quotation marks. Who’s speaking?
Stanza IX: Interruption. Why is this stanza here? What does it do in the poem?
Stanza XI: Bringing the Outside In. . . We now have our third setting in this short poem (room, story, rainy night). What’s the point (or the effect)?
Stanza XII, XIII: . . . and the Inside Out.
Stanza XIV: And Yet Another Setting. What is this fourth setting? (Hint: it harkens back to the title.)
Stanza XV: Amber. What is this image supposed to mean? What’s amber?