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In several of your exercise packets you have articulated a frustration with the idea of the structural turn because it is difficult to think of ways of turning that are not only/just movement in the opposite direction from what has come before. In light of this, please look at the poems in “The Ironic Structure” and in The Cosmopolitan. Select a poem that you think successfully employs a turn that is not grounded in a negation of what came before. Tell us where the turn arrives (give us the lines that turn, letting us know where the poem is “going” before the turn, and where it heads after). Let us know how you see the turn happening: if the poem doesn’t work via opposition or negation, how does it work? What does the poet do in order to make his/her turn differ from a turn of opposition? Do you think you could use this tactic? How and why?

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