"Skunk Hour."

Lowell, Robert; Kitchen, Judith
June 2011
Skunk Hour;2011, p1
Poem Analysis
"Skunk Hour" is written in free verse, but with a formal pattern of eight six-line stanzas (sestets) with a loosely regular rhyme scheme. The title suggests a particular hour in the day�the hour when skunks are likely to come out�and implies that this hour occurs on a regular basis. The title hints that time will be an important element in the poem. "Skunk Hour" is a combination of two modes of perception�memory and attention.


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